Early research has explored the relationship between at-risk students and communication apprehension. At-risk students have been found to have high levels of apprehension in a variety of communication settings. However, little attention has been given to exploring at-risk students perceptions of their communication skills and other areas of communication competency beyond general communication apprehension or fear of speaking. This study explores the relationship between at-risk students; self reported levels of communication competence, communication apprehension, and additional areas of communication skills such as self-monitoring and verbal aggressiveness. The results of this study show that at-risk students tend to report having high communication competency levels, while testing very low on communication skill tests. Study implications and suggested areas for future research and curriculum development for teachers are explored.
Published in Journal of Education and Human Development, vol. 3, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.15640/jehd.v3n3al http://jehdnet.com/