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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 20

Narrative Listening and Questioning

This exercise uses personal narratives to practice questioning and listening.

Purposes

  • To practice listening closely and attentively to another person's story
  • To use questions to draw out another person's narrative
  • To improve people's ability to summarize what was heard in an interaction

How It Works

  • Two people sit across from one another, with one assuming the role of speaker and the other assuming the role of listener.
  • Speakers begin talking about a professional or personal issue that is much on their minds—something they have been thinking a lot about lately.
  • Listeners focus only on what the speaker is saying without any thought of how to respond except to show support for the speaker's ...

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