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ERIC Number: ED404678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation into the Nature of Trait-Like and Situational Communication Apprehension of Non-Traditional Undergraduate Students.
Poppenga, Janice Gayle; Prisbell, Marshall
A study examined the nature of trait-like and situational communication apprehension on non-traditional undergraduate students enrolled in a two-year community college. Subjects were 323 students enrolled in general education requirements at a midwestern community college. Of these, 181 were 25 years or under and 142 were older, 212 were females and 111 were males, and the mean age of the subjects was 26.9. The Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (McCroskey, 1982), the Situational Communication Apprehension Measure (SCAM; McCroskey & Richmond, 1982), and several demographic questions were administered by instructors. Results indicated a significant difference between student type and situational communication apprehension, with higher levels reported by the traditional students; also, higher levels of communication apprehension were not found in non-traditional students. Findings suggest that while traditional students are at a transition point in their lives, from late adolescent to young adulthood, adult learners, too, are moving in, through, or out of many different life transitions. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Personal Report of Communication Apprehension