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ERIC Number: ED409537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 86
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Student Listening Skills through the Use of Teaching Strategies.
Molina, Victoria; And Others
An action research report described a program for enhancing students' ability to focus on instructional processes and oral directions. The targeted population was comprised of 4th-, 5th-, and 8th-grade students from 3 different metropolitan schools in southwest Cook County, Illinois. The problem of off-task behavior, including distractible behavior, lack of eye contact, inattentive body language, and talking out of turn was documented through the use of teacher checklists and anecdotal journals. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that the influx of visual/print media affects the development of poor listening habits and reduces the opportunities for productive listening experiences. Lack of instructional materials for teaching listening skills as well as lack of teacher training regarding listening strategies were cited as causes for the problem. A review of solution strategies suggested by researchers combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in five major areas of intervention: teacher modeling of appropriate listening strategies, direct instruction and guided practice in listening skills, metacognitive reflections, integration of listening skills in the content area, and simplification of oral directions. Results indicated that teaching listening lessons had a positive effect on overall student academic success in the classroom. Of the 5 listening skills, setting a purpose for listening was the most effective for improving overall listening skills. Researchers felt that listening lessons enhanced students' learning and promoted active participation. (Contains 22 references, and 4 tables and 6 figures of data; appendixes offer logs and checklists, data, and listening lessons.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois