ERIC Number: ED253898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Adult Speech Anxiety: A New Look at a Recurring Phenomenon.
A study was conducted to determine whether significant public speaking anxiety is present in an adult elective speech course and to determine whether speech anxiety can be lowered with the use of post-speech conferences. Subjects were 74 undergraduate students enrolled in four sections of a night elective course in public speaking. The Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA) was used concurrently with follow-up student conferences after speech performances. Students completed a questionnaire describing their performance feelings and feedback immediately following two speech assignments, and then met with the instructor in conference to discuss the questionnaire responses. Students also completed the PRPSA before and after the course. The five resulting anxiety levels ranged from very low to very high. The results of the pretest and posttest scores indicated differences of 2 to 51 points. Of the total, 25 students lowered their anxiety score by two levels, 5 by three levels, and 2 by four levels; 20 did not change their level from pretest to posttest; and 3 students' scores remained constant, while 11 lowered their score somewhat but not enough to constitute a complete level. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teacher Student Conferences
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (70th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1984).