ERIC Number: ED332093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Improving the Listening Skills of Fourth Grade Students through a Multifaceted Guidance Approach and Active Listening.
Fourth-grade students in one elementary school were administered a listening inventory, the Listening Composite section of the Test of Language Development-Intermediate, and a questionnaire "Are You a Good Listener" to assess their listening skills. The results showed that students lacked listening skills and did not have adequate knowledge and methods of effective listening. This lack of listening skills appeared to result in reduced understanding of lesson content and reduced learning. A practicum was designed to assist students in acquiring adequate listening skills. A listening acquisition program was developed and a guidance approach to listening training was applied. The program, which was provided to 28 fifth-graders, focused on a combination of interactive communication techniques. Listening activities including reading, writing, speaking, listening, play, drama, art, and role play. The program's objectives were to have students understand a sequence of instructions to be followed, learn listening standards, learn to listen with purpose, increase their attention span, and learn to respect the listening rights of others. Although some of the students did not meet all objectives, the results indicated that all of the students benefitted from the program in some way. Students acquired effective listening skills and improved both their academic performance and their social skills. The questionnaire and assessment sheets are appended. (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Active Listening
Note: Ed.D. practicum, Nova University.