Online vs. Traditional Classroom: An Examination of Public Speaking Anxiety in Community College Students
Type of DegreePhD Dissertation
Education Foundation, Leadership, and Technology
MetadataShow full item record
Most people admit to having some degree of public speaking anxiety (Hickerson, 1998). This study examined the public speaking anxiety levels of students enrolled in an online and traditional public speaking course. This study also investigated the relationship among a student’s gender and the format in which the public speaking course was taken as it relates to public speaking anxiety. The population was drawn from 332 students enrolled in a large sized community college in the southeastern part of the United States during the fall semester 2017. Student participants completed a demographic questionnaire and the Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA) developed by James McCroskey. The independent variables for this study were the public speaking course format (online, traditional) and gender. The dependent variable for this study was the public speaking anxiety level as determined by the Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA). A one-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was used to determine the relationship between class format and gender as it relates to students’ public speaking anxiety levels. The results of this study found that students who enrolled in either an online or traditional public speaking course entered the public speaking classroom with low public speaking anxiety. There was no statistically significant difference between men and women and their public speaking anxiety levels who when enrolled in an online public speaking course. There was a statistically significant difference between men and women and their public speaking anxiety levels for those who enrolled in a traditional public speaking course. Men experienced higher levels of public speaking anxiety when compared to women when completing a traditional public speaking course. Areas of further research is needed to identify why students are entering public speaking courses with low public speaking anxiety.