ERIC Number: ED333489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Approaches for Teaching Empathic Listening.
Thomlison, T. Dean
This paper explores some possible methodologies and approaches to the teaching of empathic listening, an essential component of human communication and listening competency. It defines empathic listening as "feeling with" another: a cognitive understanding of what the other is communicating plus a sensitivity to their state of emotion. The paper first builds a rationale for teaching empathic listening in a communication curriculum, and then discusses some approaches for teaching it which combine theoretical constructs with skill development. The paper explores some theoretical foundations that should be established for any unit, section, or course devoted to empathic listening. Next, the paper examines some implementation procedures which can be used as general guidelines. Finally, the paper provides a number of suggestions for possible approaches, methods, and exercises, which include using Robert Carkhuff's model, a "communication and feelings" approach, and other approaches and exercises. Thirty-two references and a 16-item selected Carkhuff bibliography are attached. (SR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Carkhuff (Robert R); Empathic Listening
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Listening Association (Jacksonville, FL, March 1991). For another presentation of the same material, see CS 507 443.