The primary goal is to introduce students to the concept, experience, and application of the listening stick activity within the context of an undergraduate listening course. Students participate in a group listening stick activity that cultivates experiences of first person attention, focus, and awareness of self and others’ feelings and needs for the purpose of self-discovery and building small group cohesiveness. As a secondary goal, students learn how to apply the listening stick activity to interpersonal and small group situations in school, work, social, and spiritual settings for a variety of purposes including relationship building, problem-solving and decision-making.
Original Publication Citation
Baesler, E. J. (2019). From talking stick to listening stick: A variation on an ancient practice. Listening Education, 9(2), 17-34.
Baesler, E. James, "From Talking Stick to Listening Stick: A Variation on an Ancient Practice" (2019). Communication & Theatre Arts Faculty Publications. 40.