ERIC Number: ED151068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec-12
Reference Count: 0
Communication Apprehension Among JWCC Students: Comparison With National Norms for Four-Year College and University Students.
Hayes, Daniel T.
The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether a sample of community college students revealed different amounts of communication apprehension (reticence or anxiety experienced during spoken communication) than four-year college students and university students. Seventy John Wood Community College students, selected at random from among those pre-enrolled for the winter 1978 term, completed the twenty-item McCroskey Personal Report of Communication Apprehension--College instrument. Results showed that there was a significant difference in communication apprehension experienced by community college as opposed to four-year college students; the survey population exhibited higher levels of communication reticence when compared with national norms. The question of why community college students experienced more apprehension requires additional investigation. However, in light of studies indicating that the apprehensive student is less likely to participate in classroom discussion or receive high grades in classes requiring such interaction, the higher-than-average reticence scores also suggest that communication apprehension measures may be a successful predictor of academic success among community college students. (TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Wood Community Coll., Quincy, IL.