Proceedings of The 3rd International Academic Conference on Education, Teaching and Learning
Skills of Teaching Active Listening in Younger School-Age Students
Andrej Maras, Luka Pongračić,and Ana Maria Marinac
Communication is the process of exchanging information, thoughts, ideas, feelings among people by applying verbal and nonverbal messages. The educational outcomes of modern teaching are achieved through communication between those who participate in the educational process. A prerequisite for achieving the goals of the teaching process is quality and two-way communication based on active listening. Active listening is the ability to accurately and precisely perceive what the other person (interlocutor) is experiencing and to offer feedback on what one has noticed, perceived. Encouraging and developing a culture of active listening is especially important in school because it influences the creation of a positive and motivating classroom atmosphere, the development of social competencies, the building of quality relationships and the promotion of understanding. The aim of this research is to establish the extent to which teachers actively listen to students during regular classes and extracurricular activities. A total of 171 students from 2nd to 4th grades of primary school (83 students and 88 girls) participated in the research. The results of the research indicate that students perceive that teachers listen to them extremely actively, as teachers greatly contribute to the development of students’ communication skills.
Keywords: active listening; communication; students; teachers; teaching.