Listening to Teach

Beyond Didactic Pedagogy

Edited by Leonard J. Waks

Subjects: Education, Teaching And Learning
Paperback : 9781438458328, 210 pages, July 2016
Hardcover : 9781438458311, 210 pages, November 2015

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Table of contents

Leonard J. Waks
Part I: Listening in Established Pedagogies

1. A Reggio Emilia-Inspired Pedagogy of Listening
Winifred Hunsburger
2. Paulo Freire’s Critical Pedagogy: The Centrality of Teacher Listening
Suzanne Rice
3. Listening in Experiential Learning
Leonard J. Waks
4. Philosophy for Children and Listening Education: An Ear for Thinking
Megan J. Laverty
5. Listening in Interpretive Discussion
Elizabeth Meadows
6. Can Listening Be Taught?
Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon
7. Listening for Discussion: The Conference Method or Harkness Pedagogy
David I. Backer
Part II: Listening in New and Emerging Pedagogies
8. Listening in the Pedagogy of Discomfort: A Framework for Socially Just Listening
Ashley Taylor
9. Listening in Human Rights Education: Learning from Life Stories of Survivors of Atrocities
Bronwen E. Low and Emmanuelle Sonntag
10. Listening in a Pedagogy of Trust
Katherine Schultz
11. Promoting Listening by Augmenting Uncertainty
Stanton Wortham and Alexandra Michel

12. Listening and Teaching in Online Contexts
Nicholas Burbules

First book to offer a survey of pedagogical listening in conventional and alternative methodologies.


Winner of the 2016 Outstanding Book Award presented by the Society of Professors of Education

What happens when teachers step back from didactic talk and begin to listen to their students? After decades of neglect, we are currently witnessing a surge of interest in this question. Listening to Teach features the leading voices in the recent discussion of listening in education. These contributors focus close attention on the key role of teachers as they move away from didactic talk and begin to devise innovative pedagogical strategies that encourage active listening by teachers and also cultivate active listening skills in learners. Twelve teaching approaches are explored, from Reggio Emilia's project method and Paulo Freire's pedagogy of the oppressed to experiential learning and philosophy for children. Each chapter offers a brief explanation of one of these approaches—its background, the problems it aims to resolve, the educators who have pioneered it, and its treatment of listening. The chapters conclude with ideas and suggestions drawn from these pedagogies that may be useful to classroom teachers.

Leonard J. Waks is Professor Emeritus of educational leadership at Temple University and the author of Education 2. 0: The Learningweb Revolution and the Transformation of the School.


"…Waks's volume serves as an intelligent call to focus on the frequently ignored but absolutely fundamental role of listening in teaching … Those who study teaching and learning, facilitate educator development, or participate in teaching practice across disciplines and professions will find this collective volume engaging, challenging, and generative. " — Educational Theory