ERIC Number: ED247622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Communication Apprehension and Elementary School Achievement: A Research Note.
Comadena, Mark E.; Comadena, Pamela M.
A study was conducted to determine whether elementary school students' self-reports of communication apprehension were significantly related to their levels of academic achievement. Subjects were 48 second grade students in two classrooms of a midwestern elementary school. In approximately the 27th week of class, students were administered the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) to assess their level of academic achievement in reading and mathematics. Students in the two classes did not differ in their levels of achievement. Four weeks later, students were orally administered the Measure of Elementary School Apprehension (MECA), which is composed of 20 Likert-type statements that assess students' levels of fear or anxiety associated with communication with others. Students' MECA scores were correlated with their national percentile-rank achievement scores in reading and mathematics from the SAT. The results suggested that the academic achievement of students in second grade was not related to their levels of communication apprehension. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (34th, San Francisco, CA, May 24-28, 1984).