Quick Tip: Listening as learning outcome
As we deal with the effects of partisan politics and public polarization, we have to acknowledge that listening to others as a civic ability is a priority. Yet, in our classrooms, we assume students know how to listen for understanding of others' positions, attitudes and beliefs.
In this article, John C. Cavanaugh explains "contemplative listening...[which] requires focus on what is being said, an ability to separate one’s personal needs and interests from those being expressed by the speaker, a mind open to new or different possibilities, and interpersonal trust." Consider how you might give students instruction and deliberate practice to develop this skill, which has wide personal, professional and public consequences beyond classroom and campus.