Ed.D. Educational Leadership
College of Education
Group work in education; Speech anxiety
Higher Education Administration
Group work can have an impact on the experiences that students have in college. Specifically, working in groups can help students lower their level of public speaking anxiety. The purpose of this study was to determine how a group public speaking assignment can impact the overall level of public speaking anxiety experienced by business students in a required oral communication course. Two established and widely-used instruments, the Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA) and the Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA-24), were used to establish students' level of communication apprehension. In addition, two supplemental surveys were developed to collect both demographic information as well as students' perceptions about public speaking and group work. Crosstabulations identified significant relationships between certain PRCA-24 subcontext scores and both college semesters completed as well as perceived public speaking anxiety. Further research into the possibility of a causal link between group work and a reduction in communication apprehension is recommended.
Vieth, Cynthia, "Exploring the impact of group work on communication apprehension for business students" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 373.