Research on statistical literacy among applied linguists

Dear Colleague,
We are conducting a study to investigate the statistical knowledge of second language acquisition researchers and applied linguists. We are seeking participants who are academic faculty (staff at Universities/Higher Education Institutions) in Europe (broadly defined).

We have developed a statistical literacy assessment survey to investigate the extent of academic faculty’s ability to:

  • understand basic statistical concepts and procedures,
  • interpret and use statistical analyses,
  • critically evaluate statistical information and data-related arguments which might be encountered in second language research.

In addition, we are interested in what training applied linguistics faculty have received in quantitative research methods.

Participating involves taking an online statistical literacy assessment survey, consisting of a background questionnaire and 25 multiple-choice questions. It takes about 25 minutes to complete.
Your score will be provided at the end of the survey. All data is fully anonymous at the point of collection.
Your participation is highly appreciated even if you are not particularly quantitatively oriented.
The survey is here:

We would be very grateful if you would forward this email to your networks across Europe!

This study is being conducted by a group of Ph.D. students under the supervision of Dr. Shawn Loewen at Michigan State University (IRB#x15-485e), in collaboration with Dr. Emma Marsden at the University of York. If you have any questions, please contact Magda Tigchelaar at

Thank you in advance for your time!
Shawn Loewen and Emma Marsden