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ERIC Number: ED457172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 27
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The Development and Validity Investigation of a Classroom Communication Apprehension Scale for Japanese High School Students.
Anzai, Shinobu; Paik, Chie Matsuzawa
The purpose of this study was to examine the construct validity of a classroom communication apprehension scale. Subjects were 196 high school students in Japan. The original English version of a classroom communication apprehension scale (M. R. Neer, 1987) consisted of 20 items representing 2 hypothesized dimensions of classroom communication apprehension: confidence and participation. The Japanese translation of the scale was comprised of the same items representing the same two dimensions. The internal consistency reliability for each of the two subscales was 0.81 and 0.82 respectively. Exploratory factor analysis using a principal axis factoring method with an oblique (promax) rotation extracted 4 factors with eigenvalues greater than 1.0, collectively accounting for 61% of the total variance. Results of confirmatory factor analyses provide little support for the factor structures of both the a priori two-factor model and a four-factor model. The study concludes that for the sample of high school students in this study the Japanese version of the classroom communication apprehension scale is a multidimensional construct. However, results provide little support for the presence of the two hypothesized dimensions. The findings of the study suggest the needs for redefinition of the dimensions of classroom communication apprehension. (Contains 3 tables and 19 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan