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ERIC Number: EJ1025014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-7555
Examining the Role of Collaborative Learning in a Public Speaking Course
Liao, Hsiang-Ann
College Teaching, v62 n2 p47-54 2014
Collaborative learning has been found to benefit students in various disciplines. Moreover, in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics literature, it was noted that minority students benefited the most from collaborative learning. Studies on the effects of collaborative learning in communication are limited. As a result, I examined the effect of collaborative learning in the public speaking course and investigated which cohort of students collaborative learning benefits the most. Variables that I studied included student learning, speech efficacy, and speech anxiety. Student learning was measured by students' speech grades. I found that collaborative learning contributed to student learning. Moreover, I found that African American students, Hispanic American students, and students whose mother had no more than a high school education benefited the most from collaborative learning. In terms of speech efficacy and speech anxiety, results show that students in collaborative learning sessions did not feel more efficacious or less anxious about the speech they were to deliver. However, my study finds that public speaking courses did increase speech efficacy and decrease speech anxiety over the course of a semester. Details on the implementation of collaborative learning in the public speaking course were presented, and implications of the results were discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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