ERIC Number: ED202063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
An Examination of the Relationship among Performance, Speech Anxiety, and Grades: Three Field Experiments.
Experiments at three community colleges were conducted to examine the relationships among anxiety, performance, and two different methods of informing students of their instructor's evaluation of in-class speeches. Subjects were 77 students in six speech classes. The three teachers of the classes gave traditional letter grades and comments on the speeches in one of their classes, but only evaluative comments in the second of their classes. Student communication apprehension was measured before and after they had given their four required speeches, and independent raters evaluated students' speeches. The results of multiple regression analysis indicated some support for the hypothesis predicting a relationship between grading condition and final anxiety. Confident students scored significantly higher than their anxious classmates in final performance regardless of grading condition. When students' initial performance scores were entered in the analyses as a covariate, it became apparent that the covariate was the stronger predictor of final performance. The combined post hoc findings did not support the prediction that grades and initial anxiety interacted with final performance. (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 Western Speech Communication Association (San Jose, CA, February 14-18, 1981).