Writing and computer apprehension among mass communications majors

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Title: Writing and computer apprehension among mass communications majors
Author: Todd, Vicki
Abstract: Mass communications majors have chosen academic careers and professional fields , such as advertising , journalism , and public relations , which require students to produce numerous written products . Besides effective writing skills , mass communications students must learn specific computer skills to assist them in relaying messages to their intended audiences . The purpose of this study was to determine whether writing and computer apprehension exist among mass communications writing students majoring in advertising , journalism , and public relations , and whether taking certain mass communications writing courses affected students' apprehension levels . The subjects in this study included a convenience sample of advertising , journalism , and public relations students enrolled in the first - and second -year mass communications writing courses in the School of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University during the fall 2002 semester . A pre - and posttest questionnaire were used to collect data regarding students' levels of writing and computer apprehension . The data suggested the following : (1 ) first -year students' overall writing anxiety statistically significantly decreased from the beginning of the semester to the end of the semester , (2 ) second -year students' overall writing anxiety statistically significantly decreased from the beginning of the semester to the end of the semester , (3 ) first -year students' computer anxiety slightly increased from the beginning of the semester to the end of the semester , (4 ) second -year students' computer anxiety slightly decreased from the beginning of the semester to the end of the semester , (5 ) first - and second -year students experienced basically the same levels of writing and computer apprehension during the semester , (6 ) a significant difference existed between first -year journalism and public relations students' pretest writing apprehension levels , (7 ) first -year advertising , journalism , and public relations students experienced basically the same levels of posttest writing and pre - and posttest computer apprehension levels during the semester , (8 ) second -year advertising , journalism , and public relations students experienced basically the same levels of writing and computer apprehension during the semester , (9 ) first -year male and female students experienced basically the same levels of writing and computer apprehension during the semester , and (10 ) second -year male and female students experienced basically the same levels of writing and computer apprehension during the semester .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /14536
Date: 2003-05

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Writing and computer apprehension among mass communications majors. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /14536 .

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