ERIC Number: ED417435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Communication Apprehension and the Basic Course: Effects across Educational Contexts and between Student Populations.
Gorcyca, Diane A.; Leonard, Jessica G.; Cronk, Brian C.; Olesen, Kirsten B.
Comparisons were conducted to assess the impact of levels of communication apprehension (CA) on students in a traditional hybrid basic course against students placed in freshmen interest group (FIG) settings. This investigation assessed the impact of the FIG classroom at an open admissions 4-year college on reduction of communication apprehension (CA) as compared to a traditional basic communication course classroom. While 57 students completed the pretest, only 44 students completed both the pre- and the post-Personal Report of Apprehension (PRCA-24). Students from a highly selective admissions institution served as a comparison group for levels of CA. At the open admissions institution, correlations were determined between CA and GPA and retention levels. Results indicated that the basic course itself, regardless of setting has a beneficial impact on CA. Findings suggest that there was not a correlation between CA and GPA, nor was there a difference in the CA level in students between institutions. Issues of educational settings and expectations are discussed as they related to communication apprehension. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/CR)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Communication Apprehension, Communication Problems, Communication Research, Communication Skills, Comparative Analysis, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Open Enrollment, School Holding Power, Speech Communication, Student Development, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Personal Report of Communication Apprehension