RESEARCH OF STUDENTS’ ATTITUDE TOWARDS STUDYING THEORY OF PROBABILITY AND MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS

Abstract

This work is part of the study of problems in the preparation of bachelors of mathematical sciences. It is well-known that the attitude of students to study, as well as the emotions that arise in the process of learning, largely determine the level of their academic achievements. The article provides an analysis of the attitude of students to the study of probabilistic sections of mathematics. The survey of a group of students majoring in «Applied Mathematics and Computer Science», as well as «Computer Science» and «Mathematics», was conducted twice. The results of the survey were studied by applying non-parametric criteria (G-sign test and Wilcoxon T-test), correlation and cluster analysis. The study showed that students’ assessments reflecting the value and emotional attitude to the study of the theory of probability are stable and representative. In addition, the cluster analysis revealed among the surveyed students the presence of two groups of approximately equal in number. The first group is who are aware of the value of probability and have positive emotions when studying the course. The second group is those who have a lesser understanding of the value of the subject and experience difficulties in learning. Detection of the problem will allow developing a system of methods aimed at the formation of a value attitude and a deeper understanding of the essence of probabilistic ideas and methods.

About the authors

E. V. Kuznetsova

Lipetsk State Technical University

Author for correspondence.
Email: morenov@ssau.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7045-4310

Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, associate professor of the Department of Applied Mathematics

T. P. Fomina

Lipetsk State Pedagogical P. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky University

Email: morenov@ssau.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1381-6992

Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, associate professor of the Department of Mathematics and Physics

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