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Assessment of Public Speaking Anxiety (PSA): A Study Based on the Second Year Law Undergraduates in Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka

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dc.contributor.author Sudusinghe, WS
dc.contributor.author Kumara, WGC
dc.contributor.author Kothalawala, CJ
dc.contributor.author Kothalawala, TD
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-31T23:48:35Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-31T23:48:35Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.kdu.ac.lk/handle/345/3049
dc.description Article Full Text en_US
dc.description.abstract Eliminating the apprehension of public speaking is vital for law undergraduates to perform well as future attorneys and other legal professionals. A descriptive cross-sectional study assessed Public Speaking Anxiety (PSA) among all the (n=140) second-year law undergraduates who followed the compulsory Public Speaking module in KDU, Sri-Lanka. A pre-tested, selfadministered questionnaire followed by the Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA) scale developed by McCroskey was used for data collection. Data was analysed using descriptive statistics, t-test, and one-way ANOVA in SPSS 23.0. All the participants had a 'low' level of PSA. The majority (90.9%: n=100) had the previous experience of performing in front of an audience, and 60% (n=66) were involved in extra-curricular activities related to public speaking. However, the majority (75.5%: n=83) had not followed any course related to public speaking. The mean of the PRPSA score of the students who had participated in extra-curricular activities related to public speaking was significantly different from that of the ones who had not (P=0.030). Tukey post hoc test on a one-way ANOVA revealed that the students who had participated in debating had a significant mean difference in PRPSA score with the students who had taken part in Toastmasters (P=0.000) and with those who had not participated in any activity related to public speaking (P=0.000). Previous exposure and having a compulsory course module on public speaking were identified as the critical elements in reducing the PSA among the law undergraduates. It would lead to the transformation of self-confidence and ultimately, a positive transformation in their professionalism and personality. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Public speaking anxiety en_US
dc.subject Law undergraduates en_US
dc.subject University education en_US
dc.subject Communication apprehension en_US
dc.title Assessment of Public Speaking Anxiety (PSA): A Study Based on the Second Year Law Undergraduates in Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.type Article Full Text en_US
dc.identifier.pgnos 139-146 en_US


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