ERIC Number: ED215384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Skills Development and Apprehension Reduction Program for Communication Apprehensive/Reticent Students: An Alternative to Basic Course Instruction.
Newhouse, Thomas L.; Spooner, Elizabeth Wing
A program was designed to reduce communication apprehension by using systematic desensitization, rhetoritherapy, and selected instructional strategies. Rhetoritherapy refers to the development of appropriate communication behaviors through a goal-setting procedure in which students learn to establish reasonable goals, ascertain behavior indicative of goal achievement, develop appropriate plans of actions, and carry out the plans for fulfilling their goals. An evaluation of this instructional program was conducted by comparing data on one class using the experimental program design to data on another class receiving regular instruction. The pre and posttest scores of communication apprehension, instructors' observations of student behavior, course evaluations, and students' self-reports revealed that the alternative instruction was superior to regular classroom instruction for students high in communication apprehension. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Systematic Desensitization
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Denver, CO, February 19-23, 1982).