Training the butterflies to fly in formation: cataloguing student fears about public speaking

Luke LeFebvre, Leah E. LeFebvre, Mike Allen

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Abstract

This study catalogues student (N = 828) self-described fears related to public speaking. Specifically, this investigation adds to the knowledge of public speaking anxiety through an initial inductive analysis of students’ fears about public speaking and a second analysis (of different data) to authenticate emergent categories. Resulting categories included both internal and external fears about public speaking, providing meaningful implications for teaching and learning within the introductory communication course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-362
Number of pages15
JournalCommunication Education
Volume67
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 National Communication Association.

Keywords

  • introductory communication course
  • public speaking
  • public speaking anxiety
  • speaking fear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics

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