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ERIC Number: ED306606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Speak Out for Listening.
Swanson, Charles H.
There are two possible explanations about why listening is such an overlooked skill. First, as a skill, listening suffers from automaticity, the operational nature of skills that are used without conscious thought to achieve a goal. Second, there is no word which specifically identifies an inability to listen. "Illistenacy" is a term that can identify the inability to voluntarily control attention so as to understand nonwritten messages of varying degrees of complexity, in a consistent fashion over extended periods of time. The key symptom in "illistenacy" is a dependence on involuntary attention, and a lack of ability to control voluntary attention. In order to get those who make decisions, legislators, school boards, administrators, even teachers, to understand the importance of listening, the use of advocacy is necessary. Advocacy means that it is necessary to determine who gets the message, set realistic goals, develop a campaign, build contacts, organize a calendar, and establish an action plan. Establishing and maintaining the place of listening in the vocabulary and consciousness of society is an ongoing process, not the magical act of one brilliant voice on one grand day in the sun. Listening may find its place in the paradigm or myth of society more quickly through a carefully planned advocacy. (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Listening Association (10th, Atlanta, GA, March 1-4, 1989).