Measuring High School Students' Communication Readiness: Does Communication Apprehension, Writing Ability, and Speaking Ability Correlate with Students' Perceptions of Professional Appearance?

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to illustrate the way communication apprehension and communication performance inform professional physical appearance perspectives of high school students. Method: Students at a traditional and a non-traditional high school were surveyed to assess their communication apprehension and ability to assess professional appearance. Their teachers were also surveyed to assess students' communication aptitudes. Results: The results of the study were consistent with expectations that students experiencing different educational conditions would have different communication abilities, anxieties, and expectations of professional physical appearance. Key terms: communication apprehension, writing ability, speaking ability, professional appearance.

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