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ERIC Number: ED482002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 106
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Improving Listening Skills through the Use of Children's Literature.
Sandall, Nancy; Schramm, Kathy; Seibert, Ann
This research project described strategies to improve listening skills. The targeted population consisted of kindergarten and second grade students in a midsized midwestern city who exhibited inadequate listening skills, which interfered with comprehension accuracy. Current research addresses the problem indicating teachers have an incorrect assumption that students entering school have the ability to listen. Literature shows a discrepancy in the amount of time spent listening during the school day compared to the amount of time students are instructed in reading, writing, and math. As much as 80% of the school day is spent listening, and yet little, or in most cases, no time is spent teaching listening skills. Numerous research articles attest to the enormous importance of having good listening skills to be successful throughout life. Research indicates possible solutions to correct the listening deficiency are direct instruction of listening strategies. Children's literature should be used to teach skills, which help students develop their ability to focus, summarize, and find the purpose for listening. Teachers also need to model good listening techniques and visual imagery to ensure improvement in listening and comprehension. Post intervention data indicated an increase in students' visualization and listening abilities. The students also showed a dramatic increase in the knowledge of the characteristics of a good listener. Appendixes contain: parent documents (an explanation of the intervention, consent letters, consent form, survey, and tally sheet); student documents (pre- and post-listening survey, and tally sheets); teacher documents (explanation of intervention, teacher listening survey, and tally sheets); blank weekly journal entry forms; a Ready to Listen checklist; "Picture This" documents (activities, a student worksheet, criteria for scoring rubric, individual student score sheet, classroom average score sheet, and tally sheets); and a 32-item annotated bibliography of children's literature. (Contains 54 references and 11 figures of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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