Facing the fear: An analysis of speech-anxiety content in public-speaking textbooks

Judy C. Pearson, Lori DeWitt, Jeffrey T. Child, David H. Kahl, Vijay Dandamudi

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Abstract

Communication apprehension is arguably the largest problem facing novice public speakers. To succeed in the basic communication course, students must learn to overcome or lessen the communication apprehension they feel. Because students learn about communication apprehension largely through the texts they use, the coverage that top ten selling public-speaking textbooks provide has an effect on students' perceptions on the subject. A content analysis of five aspects of CA was conducted, and chi-square analysis was used to determine significant differences among the terms and the texts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-168
Number of pages10
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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