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ERIC Number: ED106229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 24
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Reference Count: 0
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Examination and Public Speaking Anxiety Case Studies: A Learning-Performance Discrepancy Issue for CB/PBTE.
Trzasko, Joseph A.
This study was undertaken to examine the possibility of controlling examination and public speaking anxiety through behavior therapy techniques. It was assumed that a reduction of examination and public speaking anxiety through such techniques would improve student performance. Three subjects participated in the study--all female, 30 years old, and fulltime students. Inclusion in the study required that anxiety have an inhibitory effect on the student's performance. The subjects were gradually and systematically introduced to anxiety-producing situations while in a state of relaxation. The situations were organized according to degree of anxiety produced, and the subjects continued to a higher anxiety situation only when the previous situation had ceased to cause anxiety, i.e., when the students had been desensitized. Later sessions switched to behavioral rehearsal and in-vivo approaches to phobic situations. Each subject reported significant improvement that was also noticed by teachers, classmates, and friends. The study concludes that efforts should be made to allow for optimal student performance whether within traditional education or competency-based/performance-based teacher education programs. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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