ERIC Number: ED062310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
The Effects of Listening Training on Teacher Listening and Discussion Skills.
Lundgren, Robert Emil
This study sought to a) determine whether skill in extracting information could be improved by special training, and b) assess the effects of such training in classroom teacher-learner interaction. Fifty-four Stanford teacher trainees representing the subject-matter areas of social studies, English, mathematics, and science participated in the study. Half of each subject matter area group received the Xerox Corporation's "Effective Listening" training program and listening pre- and posttests, and half received the listening tests but no training. After training and/or testing, trainees were videotaped while conducting classroom discussions. They were given no information to indicate that the video tapes were related to the listening training program. Interns who received listening training improved on listening posttests relative to interns who did not receive training. Training in subject matter did not influence teacher performance. Three raters analyzed the video tapes of classroom discussions and tabulated teacher statements and questions related to input from statements. No significant treatment differences were found. Correlations in the experimental group show that those who did better in listening pre- and posttests also made better use of student input during classroom discussions. Results suggest that teachers' listening skills can be improved by training. Verbal evidence of transfer of training was not found. A 63-item bibliography, appendixes, tables, and illustrations are included. (Author/MJM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching.