ERIC Number: ED139055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Measurement of Communication Apprehension among Children.
Garrison, Karen R.; Garrison, John P.
Two studies, designed to investigate the development of trait oral communication apprehension among children, served as validation for a preliminary factor-based instrument called the Measure of Elementary Communication Apprehension (MECA). MECA was administered orally to young children and in written form to older adolescent students. Subjects were 595 upper-elementary school children in Lincoln, Nebraska, and 2,375 elementary, middle, and senior high school students in two county school districts in West Virginia. Two hypotheses relating apprehension to both sex of the subjects and their age were tested. Results indicated that (1) oral communication apprehension was found to exist from the first to the twelfth grade with consistent reliability of measurement and (2) MECA was positively related to the three existing trait measures of oral communication apprehension. Theory and research issues related to the development of oral communication apprehension in children are also discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Berlin, Germany, May 29-June 4, 1977)