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ERIC Number: EJ871611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Teacher Leadership Skills: An Analysis of Communication Apprehension
Roby, Douglas E.
Education, v129 n4 p608-614 Sum 2009
This study involved 107 teachers assessing their apprehension in communicating within group settings, one-to-one, in meetings, and in large public speaking circumstances. Those involved in the study were teachers pursuing graduate degrees in teacher leadership. School administrator's acknowledging the talents and gifts of teaching faculty, and their potential positive influence in the school will gain insight on one very important teacher leadership skill--communication. The assessment instrument administered is referred to as the Personal Record of Communication Apprehension (PRCA-24). Teachers involved in the study completed the PRCA-24 survey instrument designed by McCroskey (1982). The study analyzed the level of fear or anxiety associated with real and anticipated oral communication encounters teachers experience on a daily basis. The scoring instrument assessed communication apprehension in the four specific domains mentioned above, and then an overall communication apprehension score was computed. Teachers involved in the study used the results to focus on specific target areas for improving speaking skills. The analysis includes mean scores, standard deviations, and z ratios for the study group. Results for the study group were compared to national norms, and individual results were given to each teacher for initiating an improvement plan for weak areas. Communication strengths were also highlighted, so the teachers involved in the study were conscious of their speaking effectiveness. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio