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Communication apprehension and maths anxiety as barriers to communication and numeracy skills development in accounting and business education

John Joyce (Faculty of Organisation and Management, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
Trevor Hassall (Faculty of Organisation and Management, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
José Luis Arquero Montaño (Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain)
José Antonio Donoso Anes (Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 July 2006

Abstract

Purpose

To establish the existence of barriers to communication and numeracy skills development and to establish the levels of these exhibited by accounting and business students at the commencement of their courses in higher education.

Design/methodology/approach

Uses questionnaires to establish the levels of communication apprehension (CA) and maths anxiety (MA) in students at the commencement of their accounting and business courses in higher education. Establishes the underlying factors that are influential in determining the levels of apprehension and anxiety in individual students. An analysis of the underlying demographic variables such as age, previous educational background, etc. is also undertaken.

Findings

Identifies the existence of high levels of CA in accounting students and MA in business studies students at the beginning of their courses.

Practical implications

Where high levels of CA in accounting students and MA in business studies students are shown to exist consideration must be given to relevant curriculum design and delivery, and the use of techniques designed to reduce apprehension/anxiety in the students concerned. Because the apprehension/anxiety is present on entry to higher education it may be that specific courses appear to be recruiting students whose perception of their longer term vocational skills requirements may be inappropriate to their chosen career area.

Originality/value

Identifies specific differences in the areas of CA and MA between differently focused vocational courses, which have syllabus overlap, within a business school.

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Citation

Joyce, J., Hassall, T., Luis Arquero Montaño, J. and Donoso Anes, J.A. (2006), "Communication apprehension and maths anxiety as barriers to communication and numeracy skills development in accounting and business education", Education + Training, Vol. 48 No. 6, pp. 454-464. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400910610692967

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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