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Listening: Attitudes, Principles, and Skills (4th Edition) Paperback – January 7, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0205611195 ISBN-10: 0205611192 Edition: 4th
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The new Third Edition of this text encourages students to view listening as a process involving six interrelated components. Each component is developed along the parallel dimensions of theory and skill building. Within the unifying theoretical framework of the HURIER model, students not only develop an understanding of the listening process, they also acquire specific, observable listening skills. This behavioral approach enables students to increase their listening effectiveness while developing an understanding of listening-related research and theory. The impact of culture, technology, and globalization is also explored. Ethical questions are raised through sidebars, and students are challenged to consider the responsibilities associated with listening behavior. Extensive self-assessment instruments, individual and group activities, and case studies further distinguish this engaging text. Students readily recognize the important role listening plays in their daily lives and acquire strategies to improve their listening behavior.

New to the Third Edition

  • The new edition has an increased emphasis on listening purpose and context as variables in determining which components of the HURIER model will be most important for listening effectiveness. The increased emphasis will move students from skill development to how skills are applied to achieve desired results.
  • A new section on Emotional Intelligence now appears in Chapter 6, showing its relevance to interpreting messages and explaining how emotional intelligence can improve listening skills.
  • A new section on appreciative listening appears in Chapter 3 to help students respond to today’s stressful environment and the need for approaches to relaxation.
  • Because the rapid increase in technology has changed the way we listen, more coverage on listening and technology has been added throughout the text.
  • The new edition has been thoroughly updated with current research and new examples to provide the most recent information available.
Praise for Listening: Attitudes, Principles, and Skills
“[This text] includes fabulous activities and application exercises, case studies, and concise chapters. . . . I have already adopted this book and, in the face of other listening texts reviewed, will remain with this text. . . .”
Lisa Abramson, Western Oregon University

“The HURIER model and organizing the book around it are major strengths of this book. . .[which are] especially important when teachers are increasingly required to measure course outcomes as part of program assessment.”
Thomas Marshall, Robert Morris University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (January 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205611192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205611195
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
LISTENING: ATTITUDES, PRINCIPLES, AND SKILLS is a textbook about listening. We spend more time listening than we do reading, writing, and speaking combined. Yet, most people have no idea what listening is composed of. Our lives and the world in general would be a much better place if everyone took the time to improve their listening skills. This book takes an indepth look at the HURIER model of listening. Though several models of listening have been developed over the years, the HURIER model is, in my opinion, the model that best describes all of the processes involved in listening. There are six components to the HURIER model: Hearing, Understanding, Evaluating, Interpreting, Remembering, and Responding. LISTENING: A.P.S. is divided into 10 chapters and six of those chapters are spent solely on one component of the HURIER model. This book is quite informative about the art of listening. However, like the majority of college textbooks it is written in a very dry style. There is no glossary or side definitions of important words and the most important concepts are somewhat difficult to find in the layers of dull text. I found the most interesting reading in the book to be the case stories at the beginning of each chapter. There's no place quite like Burger World. Nevertheless, though the book is difficult to plough through, it is full of lots of useful information. It is a good text to use in a listening class. Just don't fall asleep reading it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Mclain on October 5, 2009
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This is Brownell's PhD. thesis turned textbook--a sure formula for trouble. Three editions later it is still an incoherent mess of bad design and weak writing. This is only in print because no other current textbook in listening is available.

The only reason to buy this book is because it is assigned reading. The subject is exceptionally rich but boredom awaits you. The end of chapter exercises are decent. Learning and communication theory is insufficiently applied in organization and presentation of ideas. Key themes & phrases are buried deep in paragraphs and the wrong sentences get bolded. Expect a merry chase to pull out what she is talking about. Pitiful excuse for a textbook.
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