Public Speaking Anxiety and Its Effect on Students

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Public Speaking Anxiety and Its Effect on Students Introduction Public speaking anxiety is a problem for many people. Some say that it is the number one fear of Americans over death. There have been many studies done in the general field of public speaking anxiety. I am going to review five articles that touch on various issues surrounding public speaking anxiety. All five of these articles are from Communication journals and are at most five years old. Literature Review There have been many studies done on public speaking anxiety in the field of communications. I have chosen these five articles to review because I believe that put together, they give a good background on the recent research done on this subject.…show more content…
H3 was not supported, but a three-way interaction was found supporting H4. The fourth article is titled "Milestones of anticipatory public speaking anxiety." This article was written by R. Behnke and C. Sawyer. This study is somewhat similar to the study in the first article, as it was done by the same two authors. In the first study done in this article they selected 49 students (25 male, 24 female) from a basic speech communication course. The study was done at the end of the semester when the students had already had experience and training in public speaking. Students were asked to fill out Spielberger's scale describing how they felt about each of their milestones or episode (Behnke & Sawyer 1998). They found a V-shape pattern in the student's responses. "Trait anxiety was the second highest at the time of the assignment announcement, dropped to a lower level during the preparation stage, and rose to the highest level immediately before speaking." In the second study they took 48 undergraduate students (24 male, 24 female) who were enrolled in a basic communication course. They were assigned to give a five-minute speech in front of the class and videotaping. They were asked to fill out Spielberger's scale three times. The first time was directly after the speech was assigned, the second was while they were preparing for the speech, the third time was directly before the speech. Anxiety was highest directly before the speech. It was second
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