Active Listening Story

Posted on August 22, 2012 by Susan Ruff
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Fisher, Kopelman, and Schneider report on their study in which they found that preconditioning people to a particular point of view can prevent them from understanding others’ points of view. This story is used to emphasize that listening is not trivial–to hear what another is saying it can be helpful to listen “actively,” by checking that you understand.

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MAA Mathematical Communication ( is a developing collection of resources for engaging students in writing and speaking about mathematics. The site originated in the MIT Department of Mathematics and was expanded through support from an NSF grant.