ERIC Number: ED288212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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Teachers as Listeners: Implications for Teacher Education.
Although teacher education programs spend very little time on the development of listening skills, the importance of listening to communicative effectiveness can hardly be exaggerated. As good listeners, teachers: (1) establish a classroom environment conducive to learning; (2) make better pedagogical decisions based on good listening skills; and (3) model good listening behavior for students. The Speech Communication Association Committee on Assessment and Testing Subcommittee Report makes clear that the communication competencies of sending and receiving informative, affective, imaginative, ritualistic, and persuasive messages are important in being an effective teacher. The Steil model is helpful in understanding what happens during listening. The model is comprised of Sensing, Interpreting, Evaluating, and Responding to verbal and non-verbal cues. Teachers who wish to become better listeners, and foster a classroom environment where student interaction is encouraged should include speech courses and courses in instructional communication in their teacher education training. Practicing teachers may take such courses as part of their continuing education, or learn effective listening skills as part of inservice programs. Every facet of the educational process will benefit from attention to this important teaching strategy. (Eighteen notes are included.) (JC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (73rd, Boston, MA, November 5-8, 1987).