ERIC Number: ED193600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Cultural Congruence in the Social Organization of a Reading Lesson with Hawaiian Students.
Au, Kathryn Hu-pei
Microethnographic analysis of a videotaped reading lesson given by a Hawaiian teacher to four Hawaiian second grade students was conducted to determine whether elements of cultural congruence could be identified in the patterns of teacher-pupil interaction. Participation structures in the reading lesson were found to resemble those in talk story, an important speech event in Hawaiian culture. Methods for pinpointing similarities between home and school speech events showed that relationships between the two events were generally isomorphic, rather than identical in nature. The results strongly suggested that cultural congruence in school settings may exist in the absence of topical similarity to speech events in the children's culture. In other words, it may be more important to adjust how teachers teach rather than what teachers teach. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).