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Student social anxiety: an exploratory web survey

Russell, Graham, ESCalate (Education Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy), corp creator. (2008) Student social anxiety: an exploratory web survey.

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Abstract

This is an ESCalate development project led by Graham Russell of the University of Plymouth and completed in 2008. An on-line survey was designed to gather information about the impact of social anxiety on student learning and well-being. - Social anxiety is a form of chronic shyness that is characterised by social evaluative anxiety and avoidance behaviour. - This survey shows that anxiety has a marked impact on student well-being with reporting of frequent emotional distress and difficulties forming social networks. The findings also demonstrate a need for greater staff and student awareness of social anxiety and the need to consider its impact when designing support services and new curricula. - In respect of its impact on learning, social anxiety is associated with stress and avoidance behaviours that impact on performance. On the positive side, anxiety sometimes resulted in intensive preparation for learning events, involving public speaking, such as presentations and seminars. - Finally, students identified a range of improvements that could be offered to support emotional well-being and curriculum activities. Many of these broadly fall into a self-help category, such as use of the internet to enhance communication and social networking. Other suggestions included drop-in workshops for stress, public speaking and confidence building that would likely be of benefit to the student population as a whole.

Item Type: Document from Web
Variant Title: What is the impact of social anxiety on student well-being and learning?
Publisher: ESCalate
Additional Information: Teaching fellowship report 2006, Executive summary 2008
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oral assessment,Group work,Student experience
Depositing User: escalate
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 10:16
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2012 10:07
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/13051
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