ERIC Number: ED344250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Speech Anxiety: The Importance of Identification in the Basic Speech Course.
Mandeville, Mary Y.
A study investigated speech anxiety in the basic speech course by means of pre and post essays. Subjects, 73 students in 3 classes in the basic speech course at a southwestern multiuniversity, wrote a two-page essay on their perceptions of their speech anxiety before the first speaking project. Students discussed speech anxiety in class and were given instruction in breathing and relaxation exercises. Before each speaking assignment, references were made to this discussion and to the breathing and relaxation exercises. At the end of the semester, subjects completed a questionnaire designed on the basis of the information in the pre-essay. A final essay assignment was given, to be completed outside of class. Results indicated that: (1) students felt there should be a unit on stage fright; (2) students felt that any discussion about stage fright was helpful; (3) the level of student speech anxiety was higher at the beginning of the semester than at the end; (4) physical and psychological symptoms of student speech anxiety changed from the beginning to the end of the semester; (5) a positive correlation existed between individual student self-reported levels of speech anxiety and peer-reported levels of individual student speech anxiety; and (6) student-reported levels of speech anxiety was correlated with their delivery grades. (Numerous excerpts from student essays, data from the questionnaire, and 11 specific recommendations for controlling speech anxiety are included; 25 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Speech Communication Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).