Opening doors or creating barriers?: The Influence of interpreters on levels of communication apprehension among deaf and hard-of-hearing students

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Title: Opening doors or creating barriers?: The Influence of interpreters on levels of communication apprehension among deaf and hard-of-hearing students
Author: Williams, Jenna
Abstract: 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.
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/14266
Date: 2011-08-10

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