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ERIC Number: EJ781778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1066-8926
Communication Apprehension: Levels of First-Generation College Students at 2-Year Institutions
Francis, Trevor A.; Miller, Michael T.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v32 n1 p38-55 Jan 2008
The study explored the oral communication apprehension (CA) levels of first-generation college students at a 2-year case study community institution. Overall and general-context CA were measured using the Personal Report of Communication Apprehension-24 (PRCA-24). The survey was sent by e-mail to 2,040 institutionally-identified first-generation 2-year college students. A total of 161 responses were received from students. In addition to taking the PRCA-24, students were asked to describe how they dealt with an apprehensive communication experience. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and a thematic analysis. First-generation 2-year college students had a CA profile similar to reported levels for national norms. Further, students were shown to use a variety of ways to deal with their CA. Students used elements of communication-orientation motivation, intrapersonal communication, guided visualization, skills training, physical self-regulation, preparation, practice, humor, and a combination approach to managing their own apprehension. Strategies for helping first-generation college students manage their CA were suggested. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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