ERIC Number: ED031167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Effectiveness of Teaching Listening.
Broiles, Mack R.
Listening, the most efficient means of learning in the early grades, is replaced by reading as an efficient method for learning after the seventh grade. For an investigation of the effectiveness with which college students may be taught listening, lesson plans were developed from a programed instruction book --Principles of Selective Listening-- that was written in 1968 under the direction of John W. Blythe. A sample of 132 students at East Texas University was drawn from students who were enrolled in a Personality Foundations course. Each student was given a hearing test to determine his ability to hear, the Otis Quick-Scoring Mental Ability Tests, Form Fm to ascertain his intelligence quotient, and the Brown-Carlsen Listening Comprehension Test, Form Am as a pre- and post-test. Pre-test and mental ability scores made it possible to equate groups of students. From the total sample, 2 classes were designated as control, and 2 as experimental groups, and the 4 classes met 3 days a week for 1 hour and 20 minutes. It was concluded that listening ability can be measured objectively, but that a person's ability to listen cannot be increased regardless of his mental ability. The null hypothesis --that there was no significant difference between students who were taught effective listening habits and those who were not-- was accepted. The report contains recommendations for future research on the value of the teaching of listening. (WM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: East Texas State Univ., Commerce.
Authoring Institution: East Texas School Study Council, Commerce.