ERIC Number: ED348708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
Communication Apprehension and the Hispanic Public Speaking Student at the University of Texas--Pan American.
Courtney, Jan; And Others
This pilot study examined the communication apprehension (CA) in the student public speaking population, specifically the high risk Mexican American students, at the University of Texas, Pan American. The study also measured the effectiveness of the beginning speech class and the optional speech lab on CA and grade performance. Both high and low communication apprehensives (CAs) improved their performances with the speech class to a significant degree. High CAs with high or moderate use of the speech lab raised performance levels, while those with no lab use showed no significant difference. Low CAs with high lab use also showed significant improvement. No significant differences were seen due to sex, ethnicity, bilingualism or first language on the baseline pretest. However, Hispanic students had a significant decrease in CA after treatment, while Anglos did not. Some differences were seen between male and female, as well as those whose first language was Spanish, with regard to performance increase. Findings suggest that other more complete and controlled studies need to be conducted in this area. (Twenty-eight references are attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; University of Texas Pan American
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).