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ERIC Number: EJ877765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1090-4018
Lessons from the Public Sphere: Listening, Adversity, and Learning
Hunzer, Kathleen M.
International Journal of Listening, v22 n1 p90-98 2008
As many scholars have discussed, when addressing divisive social issues many people immediately assume an adversarial posture, thus lessening the chance for productive dialogues about these issues and lessening the likelihood that people will listen to each other. One area that is keenly affected by our "argument culture" is the classroom; after all, students have been well-conditioned in the "adversary method" before reaching college classes. While some conflict is necessary for growth and learning, when that conflict blocks ideas and discussion, that conflict is not productive. Therefore, in order to make classroom interactions productive and to promote listening, practices by a group from the public sphere--The Public Conversations Project (the PCP)--can be used as a model for encouraging productive dialogues in the college classroom. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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