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ERIC Number: ED453277
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 18
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A Validity Investigation of a Japanese Version of a Classroom Communication Apprehension Scale.
Anzai, Shinobu; Paik, Chie Matsuzawa
The purpose of this study was to examine the construct validity of a classroom communication apprehension scale for a sample of 196 high school students in Japan. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were used. The original English version of a classroom communication apprehension scale (M. Neer, 1987) consisted of 20 items representing 2 hypothesized dimensions of classroom communication apprehension: Confidence and Participation. The Japanese translation of the scale contained the same items representing the same two dimensions. The internal consistency reliability for the two subscales of the translation was 0.81 and 0.82 respectively. Exploratory factor analysis using a principal axis factoring method with an oblique (promax) rotation extracted four factors with eigenvalues greater than 1, collectively accounting for 61% of the total variance. Results of the confirmatory factor analyses provided little support for the factor structures of both the a priori two-factor model and a four-factor model. The study suggests that for the sample of high school students in this study the Japanese version of the classroom communication apprehension scale is multidimensional. Study results provide little support for the presence of the two hypothesized dimensions. The findings of this study suggest the need of redefinition of the dimensions of classroom communication apprehension. (Contains 4 tables and 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan