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ERIC Number: ED314738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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The Power of a Name.
Swanson, Charles H.
Listening remains generally unappreciated while being the communicative skill most used and essential to the human condition. There is no name for the condition of being unable to listen, but the term "illistenacy" could be used. An individual who can hear but cannot consciously attend, understand, and respond to non-written messages in a consistent and effective manner could be termed an "illistenate." Such a person's reception of messages is sporadic and virtually accidental. Four hidden assumptions sustain illistenacy. First, people confuse the involuntary, physical process of hearing with the voluntary, mental one of listening. Second, the confusion produces the assumption that passive physical presence equates with listening. Third, illistenates view communication as a magical act that either works or doesn't, and that nothing can be done to change it. Finally, there is the assumption that listening ability develops naturally through maturity and correlates with intelligence. Illistenacy can distort educational efforts, as teachers may wrongly assume that students already know how to listen. In fact, effective listening instruction and testing are urgently needed. (Three charts are included.) (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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