ERIC Number: ED366033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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The Effects of Teaching Assistants' Public Speaking Anxiety and the Evaluation Results of Classroom Interventions.
Mandeville, Mary Y.
A pilot study investigated whether the levels of public speaking anxiety were significant among the graduate teaching assistants in the speech communication program at a large midwestern university. The 12 subjects were attending a 3-day, 24-hour workshop in training before the beginning of the semester. All subjects were master's degree students in the speech communication consultancy program. During the workshop, public speaking anxiety was discussed and intervention techniques were explored briefly. Surveys were administered four weeks into the semester, following a director visitation, and during a 2-day, 12-hour winter workshop. Results indicated that the graduate students had varying degrees of public speaking anxiety; and that their concern, and gratefulness for help, became evident when the problem was approached and intervention strategies offered. Results also indicated that finding out about speaking anxiety, through the use of surveys and discussions, proved to be a positive and useful one for the students. Findings suggest that directors of basic public speaking programs should: (1) address public speaking anxiety as a unit in teaching assistant training; (2) offer an open door for continuing help in this area; (3) encourage teaching assistants to offer help to students in this area; and (4) research this area further. (Extensive unnumbered tables of data are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Communication Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).