ERIC Number: ED218690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Communication Apprehension in Basic Studies and Non-Basic Studies Students.
Allen, Jerry L.; And Others
A study compared the communication apprehension of basic studies (underprepared) and nonbasic studies college students in four contexts: (1) group, (2) interpersonal, (3) meetings, and (4) public communication. Subjects were 238 male and 209 female undergraduate students enrolled in the required basic communication course at the University of Bridgeport (Connecticut). A Likert-type instrument was used to assess levels of communication apprehension over the four contexts. Results indicated no difference in male and female students relative to either group or interpersonal communication apprehension; however, significant differences were found between male and female in the meeting and public communication contexts, with the females displaying higher levels of apprehension. There was actually less frequency of high communication apprehension in basic students than in regular college students, though the differences between the two populations was not found to be significant. A possible explanation for the results is that certain high school subpopulations utilize communication skills to make up for academic deficiencies. Identifying further subcategories in the underprepared student population could lead to new classroom strategies in the teaching of these groups. (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Interpersonal Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Hartford, CT, May 6-9, 1982).