Investigating norms of listening in classrooms

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Previous research into listening has tended to focus on individual processing rather than on how sociocultural contexts mediate the nature and quality of listening. This article draws on a study involving observations of listening lessons conducted by ten English teachers regarded as skilled practitioners, interviews with these teachers and with 40 of their students. It focuses on presenting interview findings which point to the need to take account in any discussion of listening of the varied and complex demands of social transactions and of the norms governing these transactions in particular classroom settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-140
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Listening
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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