Interaction Lives!: The Sound of One Hand Plowing

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 707–708. Reviews the book, Aptitudes and Instructional Methods: A Handbook for Research on Interactions by Lee J. Cronbach and Richard E. Snow (see record 1978-11462-000). The authors have written a useful book about the relationship between student aptitudes and the effectiveness of various instructional methods. Although the book includes a very complete critical review of the literature, its greatest value will undoubtedly be in its message to psychologists and educational researchers about what to do and what not to do in aptitude and treatment interaction research. The personal aptitudes or dispositions that are considered range from the classical psychometric-selection batteries to anxiety, personality, and motivation. Cronbach and Snow ingeniously extract useful conclusions from incompletely analyzed or partially reported experiments. They treat researchers' failings with forbearance and never-failing courtesy. Above all, Cronbach and Snow display fortitude and patience in reviewing, analyzing, and trying to make sense of a large experimental literature that is not of uniformly high quality. No one can fail to respect their dedication and skill. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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