Political Communication Apprehension in an Era of Activism: A Survey of Thai Undergraduates

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David Young


With student activism on the rise in Thailand, deep divisions have formed both at home and school. This study places the modern Thai student in context with a review of the Thai national character and a look at repression and demonization of student activists over the past century. 175 first- and second-year undergraduates at a high-ranking university in Thailand were administered the Personal Report of Political Communication Apprehension (PRPCA). Results show that students exhibit a moderate degree of Political Communication Apprehension. Results of this study can aid in determining the extent to which instructors wish to engage students in political classroom discussions.


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Young, D. (2023). Political Communication Apprehension in an Era of Activism: A Survey of Thai Undergraduates. LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network, 16(1), 408–428. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/LEARN/article/view/263449
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Author Biography

David Young, Language Institute, Thammasat University, Thailand

Currently a lecturer at the Language Institute of Thammasat University, Mr. Young has been teaching English and conducting teacher training in Thailand for over twenty years. His areas of academic interest include culture and language learning and he is the author of several books of fiction. He currently lives in Ayutthaya.


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