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ERIC Number: ED140361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
An Exploratory Investigation of the Relationships of Three Types of Communication Apprehension to Student Attitudes, Levels of Satisfaction, and Achievement.
Scott, Michael; Wheeless, Lawrence
This investigation sought to assess the relationship of oral, receiver, and written communication apprehension to students' attitudes and levels of satisfaction with various instructional strategies in interpersonal communication courses, to assess the relationships between these types of communication apprehension and student achievement, and to develop models concerning which instructional strategies produced more favorable attitudes, greater satisfaction, and better achievement for various categorical combinations of apprehension levels. Complete data were gathered from 194 students in a university-level communication course. Among the results were the findings that for most people, oral, written, and receiver apprehension were not additive and that seeking to determine the best instructional strategies for various categorical combinations of the three types of apprehension appeared to be of minimal importance. Rather, high levels of apprehension of any of the three types pointed to in-class discussion as a poor instructional strategy in terms of attitudes and satisfaction. Results were interpreted as indicating that treatment of the apprehension itself would be the most direct and effective instructional strategy for communication teachers. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (61st, Houston, Texas, December 27-30, 1975)