A new approach to teaching the listening course at the undergraduate level provides opportunities for students to experience the SONG of life. SONG is an acronym for listening to the whole of life in the contexts of Self (e.g., discerning inner wisdom), Others (e.g., connecting with feelings and needs), Nature (beholding the beauty of nature), and God (e.g., discovering and connecting with the divine). A rationale and description of the new listening course is provided followed by a chronological autoethnographic account of teaching/learning the SONG of life using the four contexts as verses of the SONG with twenty undergraduate students during the fall semester of 2014. Ideas for future research address validity issues and assessment of student learning.
Original Publication Citation
Baesler, E. J. (2018). Listening to the SONG of Life: An autoethnographic account of teaching an undergraduate listening course. Listening Education, 8, 71-208.
Baesler, E. James, "Listening to the SONG of Life: An Autoethnographic Account of Teaching an Undergraduate Listening Course" (2018). Communication & Theatre Arts Faculty Publications. 24.