Classroom communication apprehension (CA) affects roughly 70% of undergraduate college students (Bowers, 1986, p. 373). After a discussion of CA as a theory, a survey tool is presented to measure if there is a difference in the amount and type of CA experienced by deaf and hard-of-hearing college students when compared to their hearing peers. The survey includes McCroskey's PRCA-24 tool for measuring CA and several additional questions on how the presence of a sign language interpreter influences levels of classroom CA. The survey's 155 respondents report a statistically significant difference in the amount and type of CA experienced. Limitations and possibilities for future research are discussed.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Communication in education; Deaf college students--Means of communication; Interpreters for the deaf; Deaf college students--Psychology; Classroom environment--Social aspects; Interaction analysis in education

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Department, Program, or Center

Department of Communication (CLA)


Hickerson, Andrea

Advisor/Committee Member

Siple, Linda


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