The Visual/Verbal Nexus: Conflating Conventional Notions of Listening

By Terri Redpath and Diana Davis.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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This paper re-examines the terrain of traditional communication time-based studies in the context of a case study of the communication practices of higher education students in both formal and informal contexts through an online survey and semi-structured phenomenologically focussed interviews. While focussing on the nature of students’ listening behaviour for learning and for leisure, the study explores how ideas and information are mediated in contemporary communication environments which encompass mobile devices, social media, etc. In exploring the nexus between the visual and the verbal, the research probes the ways in which contemporary higher education students navigate the increasingly complex communication environment and questions the capacity of current multiliteracies theories, for example, to engage meaningfully with this less charted terrain. The data suggests that the rapid and pervasive changes due to digital affordances have now positioned listening in a pivotal position alongside the explosive visual communication media. The capacity of our current curricula to respond creatively to the increasingly complex mix of new communication paradigms is open to question.

Keywords: Listening, Higher Education, Multiliteracies, Multimodal Communication

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.163-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 301.901KB).

Terri Redpath

Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Australian National University, Canberra, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

Terri is a Lecturer in Education at Deakin University at the Warrnambool Campus, where she teaches courses in literacy, educational studies, and drama. Terri holds a BA Dip Ed, as well as a MEd TESOL and Med degrees. Terris is the winner of two Deakin Excellence in Team Teaching awards (2009, 2010). She has an ongoing research interest in listening in education, which she is now pursuing as a Ph. D. project at the Australian National University, Research School of Humanities & the Arts.

Prof Diana Davis

Adjunct Senior Professorial Fellow, ANU Centre for European Studies, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Canberra, ACT, Australia