Communicative fears in public speaking among students in one state university in the Philippines
Rodel Francisco T Alegado
Generally, this study aimed to determine the extent of communicative fears in public speaking among college students. Specifically, it sought to determine the profile of the respondents and their exposure to media. Further, it determined their communicative fears in public speaking on fear of failure, on fear of unknown, on fear of being stared at, on fear of rejection and on fear during group or public discussion. This study, likewise established the relationship between the extent of communicative fears experienced in public speaking across profile variables. Descriptive method of research was employed. A total of 75 third Year BS Criminology students enrolled in Speech and Oral Communication at the Cagayan State University-Sanchez Mira Campus were taken as samples. The researcher employed an adopted and modified questionnaire as the main instrument in collecting the data. The statistical treatment of data involved the use of frequency count and percentage distribution, average weighted mean and the Chi-square Test of independence. It was found out that the respondents are exposed to broadcast and electronic/social media, while they are moderately exposed to print media. The findings also show that the respondents are moderately afraid on fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of being stared at, fear of rejection and fear of group/public discussions. It was also revealed that their exposure to print media affects their fear of unknown; father’s educational attainment, GPA in English subjects and exposure to print media affects fear of being stared at; and father’s educational attainment, father’s occupation, GPA in English subjects, and exposure to both print and electronics or social media affect fear of group/public discussion.