Experiments in Listening

30 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2004

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Jean Koh Peters

Yale University - Law School

Mark Weisberg

Queen's University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2004


What does it mean to be an effective listener? What form(s) does our listening take? Do we listen differently in our academic lives from how we listen to a friend, a spouse, a child? Differently from how we listen to a client? How does the form of our listening affect our interlocutors? Affect ourselves? What helps us listen better? What gets in the way? What's the relationship between how we listen or are listened to and how we and others learn?

Since so much of our academic, professional, and personal lives consists in listening, we think these questions are worth exploring. In this piece we offer a variety of exercises designed to appeal to differing styles of learning, exercises we hope will help readers reflect on their extensive experience of listening and look with fresh eyes at how they might use those experiences to improve how they listen and are listened to.

We offer four modes for exploring those experiences, two retrospective and two prospective, and exercises for both individuals and groups. Our goal is to help each reader become more aware of how they listen, identify their unique concerns and goals for their listening, and to offer strategies for achieving those goals.

Keywords: clinincal education

Suggested Citation

Peters, Jean Koh and Weisberg, Mark, Experiments in Listening (2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=601182 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.601182

Jean Koh Peters (Contact Author)

Yale University - Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States

Mark Weisberg

Queen's University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Macdonald Hall
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6 K7L3N6

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