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ERIC Number: ED285227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb-14
Pages: 34
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New Approaches to Communication Apprehension in the Basic Course.
McKiernan, John
Noting that there are a number of methods exist for dealing with people who have trouble communicating readily or well, this workshop document reviews developments in the field of communication apprehension (CA) in recent years and points out resources that provide specific details for those interested in providing instructional answers to CA at the college level. The first section lists definitions used by CA researchers (such as willingness to communicate, rhetorical sensitivity, and writer's block), while the second section delineates the scope of the CA problem as encompassing up to 20 percent of the college population. The third section discusses different approaches to CA--which are divided into approaches with anxiety-based definitions and those with skills-based definitions, and claims that very little is actually being done to alleviate the difficulties of those with CA. Covered in the fourth section are applications of CA research that pertain to introductory college courses, including training educators to deal with CA in the classroom, individualized treatment for individuals identified as suffering from CA, special groups (such as English as a second language students), and modifications of basic communication classes to assist students with CA. Following the conclusion is a nine page list of resources. (SKC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Summary of a workshop presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (58th, Salt Lake City, UT, February 14-17, 1987).