Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)


Our system of education must teach its students to recognize persuasion for what it is worth, to distinguish shades of meaning, to identify the hypocrisy of the demagogue and the flattery of the bootlicker. Because communication is so important in a representative government, some consideration should be given to the four overt communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Until very recent years, practically no emphasis has been placed up on the skill of listening in the school room. The writer hypothesizes that a test of evaluative listening skills could be used as a helpful training device to each students to evaluate oral messages and thus to better prepare them for their roles in society. Unless these evaluative skills are taught, the purpose of education is not being fulfilled. The purpose of this study was to develop a test that would measure some of the skills of evaluative listening.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Oral communication


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South Dakota State University