ERIC Number: ED313760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Communication Apprehension and Learning: The Effects of Tension on Cognitive Development.
Bettini, Lorraine M.; Robinson, James D.
A study was conducted to test the relationship between communication apprehension (CA) and learning. Subjects were 194 college students at a midwestern university enrolled in an introductory speech course who were divided by scores on the Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA). The groups heard a class presentation and were then tested in one of the two controlled ways, oral exam or objective test. Results indicated that high apprehensives scored higher on the objective test than on the oral exam, while scores on the objective test did not differ by CA level. In addition, the researchers found a small negative correlation between communication apprehension and learning in the test method condition. Evidence in the CA-learning relationship can easily be seen to affect the classroom setting, both in the planning and evaluation phases of education. (Two tables of data are included. Forty-eight references and two appendixes containing the PRCA and the objective test are attached.) (Author/MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Personal Report of Communication Apprehension