Grounds for divorce: A critique of Au and Mason's research

Shannon, Patrick; Fernie, David
June 1982
Reading Research Quarterly;1982, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p596
Academic Journal
The article comments on the preliminary investigation conducted by K. H. Au and J. Mason concerning the effects of teacher-pupil interaction on the academic behavior of disadvantaged Hawaiian students during reading lessons. It points out that their study demonstrates that the adaptation of verbal exchange between teacher and student to approximate a culturally familiar conversation increases the likelihood of verbal responses from the students. However, it remarks that the study is flawed by theoretical misunderstanding which obscures interesting findings and by methodological shortcomings which leave several questions not being answered.


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