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ERIC Number: ED439470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 20
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An Investigation of High School Students' Perceptions of Reticence and Cognitive Communication Competence.
McDowell, Earl E.
This study addressed issues of communication apprehension and adaptability by examining relationships between reticence and cognitive communication competence, including differences between gender and age groups. The methodology included participant self-ranking according to a six-dimensional reticence skill system, and ranking according to the 22-point cognitive communication competence scale, which measures cognitive involvement before, during, and after communication. Results indicated that: (1) twenty-two high school students were identified as high reticence, 43 middle, and 25 low reticence; (2) significant differences occurred among reticence groups on planning, modeling, reflection, and consequence cognition scores; (3) no significant differences occurred among gender or age groups; (4) high anxiety students are also reticent about knowledge, timing, organization, delivery, and memory; (5) twenty-five percent of high school students hesitate to engage in social interaction; (6) the more knowledgeable the student the more likely the transition from observer to participant; and (7) reticent students do not visualize communication as a dyadic communication process and consequently lack social interaction skills. Additional research should utilize the reticence and cognitive communication instruments, and longitudinal studies should examine potential reticence decreases. Appendixes contain sample reticence scales and assessment forms. (Contains 19 references and 4 tables.) (EF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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