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ERIC Number: ED173870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication: The Perspective of the High Communication Apprehension Student.
Pearson, Judy C.; Yoder, Donald D.
Of 782 undergraduate students enrolled in either interpersonal communication or public speaking courses, the 125 students scoring high in communication apprehension were retested upon completion of the courses and analyzed for their responses to a student attitudes survey. Significantly greater numbers of the high communication apprehensive (HCA) students enrolled in the interpersonal communication course rather than the public speaking course, even when controlling for curriculum requirement as a factor in course selection. The HCA students also perceived greater threat in the public speaking course than in the interpersonal communication course. Data from pretest-posttest comparisons did not show that HCA students overcame their communication apprehension more noticeably in an interpersonal communication course than in a public speaking course. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 5-7, 1979)