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SILVA, Cláudia Borim da; BRITO, Márcia Regina Ferreira de; CAZORLA, Irene Maurício  and  VENDRAMINI, Claudette Maria Medeiros. Attitudes toward statistics and toward mathematics. Psico-USF (Impr.) [online]. 2002, vol.7, n.2, pp. 219-228. ISSN 1413-8271.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-82712002000200011.

This study verified if the attitudes toward statistics should be related by the attitudes toward mathematics developed during the students school life. The subjects were 330 undergraduate students who passed in Introductory Statistics in 1998. It was applied a questionnaire, a scale of attitudes towards statistics and a scale of attitudes towards mathematics. Both the scales presented a high intern consistent. The students presented more positive attitudes toward mathematics instead of statistics. There wasn’t attitudes difference in relation to gender. The exacts science students presented attitudes more positive toward mathematics and the science human students presented attitudes more negative toward statistics. The results indicated that there is a association of the attitudes towards mathematics with a the attitudes towards statistics and this association is more strong in students of science human courses.

Keywords : Attitudes; Mathematics education; Statistics education; Undergraduate teaching.

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