ERIC Number: ED265609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-20
Reference Count: 0
Improvement in Grades and Dropout Rates of Apprehensive College Students Who Voluntarily Videotaped Their Speeches.
Foley, Diane B.
A study examined the effect on grades and dropout rates of students' videotaping their first speech in a basic speech course. Subjects, 224 students at a northwest college, were tested for communication and for speech apprehension using McCroskey's Personal Report of Communication Apprehension. All students were offered an opportunity to videotape and critique their first speech from two semesters. Statistical tests showed a marked increase in grade point average (GPA) for the group of students that videotaped over the group of students who did not: the average GPA of apprehensive videotapers is significantly higher than that of apprehensive non-videotapers. However, because the samples are not random, this increase cannot be attributed to the videotaping. The results also indicated that no apprehensive students who videotaped their speeches withdrew from class, compared to 22 apprehensive non-videotapers who did withdraw. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Montana Academy of Sciences (45th, Butte, MT, April 20, 1985).