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Student oral presentations: developing the skills and reducing the apprehension

Ireland, Chris (2016) Student oral presentations: developing the skills and reducing the apprehension. In: Proceedings of 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference Valencia, Spain. 7-9 March, 2016. IATED (2016). IATED, Valencia, Spain, pp. 1474-1483. ISBN 978-84-608-5617-7

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For many students it is important that they develop good oral presentation skills since the ability to demonstrate oral communication competence is highly valued in many professions while there has also been a rise in the use of oral presentations in university classrooms. Despite this, there is doubt cast over whether it is possible to support the development of the required skills and address the fear that many students experience regarding oral presentations as part of the same intervention. Furthermore, despite being a widely researched topic, there is much in the area of communication apprehension that remains unclear. In order to determine suitable interventions, research is required to identify pedagogy that might successfully help apprehensive presenters develop their skills and confidence.
This paper reports on an intervention which seeks to help students develop oral presentation skills and at the same time help apprehensive presenters reduce their fear of delivering oral presentations. The intervention, which takes place with foundation level undergraduate Accounting students, is underpinned by problem-based learning and contributing student pedagogy and focuses on the development of self-efficacy which has been identified to be a key area for the reduction of oral communication apprehension in public speaking contexts. The paper will introduce the concept of communication apprehension in oral presentations and discuss causes and possible interventions. It details the progress that has been made in the study which uses qualitative data in the form of research conversations and student reflections. Such an approach is taken in order to gain insights into the “lived experiences” of students, which has been absent in much of the previous research conducted in the area.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Schools: The Business School
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2016 13:00
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 07:24


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