The Art of Listening: Speech Faculty Present Research Findings at International Conference

Published: April 11, 2014

Dr. Franca Ferrari-Bridgers, as Principal Investigator, along with Professors Rosanne Vogel and Barbara Lynch from the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy, presented their research findings at “The International Listening Association Convention,” in Minneapolis, March 27-29.

The research paper, A New Instrument to Assess Students’ Critical Listening Skills, is the result of a two year study, begun in the fall of 2012, assessing the critical listening skills of full-time Speech 211 students. The assessment is based on semester evaluations of students’ knowledge of the different components of the Modern Language Association (MLA) speech outline.

“This was a fascinating study in part because it helped us to realize that students can substantially improve their listening skills only if listening is systematically taught across the curriculum,” said Dr. Ferrari-Bridgers.

The next goal of this research project is to design and test an assessment instrument that measures and assesses listening skills across several disciplines.

As Professor Lynch said “Listening is an important skill for all endeavors from learning to earning; therefore, it needs to be assessed and encouraged in all fields of study.”

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