The role of achievement goals and retrieval practice in statistics learning

Sara E Branch, Purdue University


A majority of disciplines, including the behavioral sciences, require a strong understanding of statistics. Yet statistics courses are plagued by low passing rates and high attrition rates. Performance in statistics courses is complex and reflects both motivational and cognitive processes. The current research examined the role of achievement goals and retrieval practice in college students' learning of statistics. Across three studies we explored the effectiveness of retrieval practice in the learning of statistics concepts and examined differences in strength of achievement goal endorsement and the association between achievement goals and use of retrieval practice.




Graziano, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Social psychology|Statistics|Educational psychology|Cognitive psychology

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