Title: A critical analysis on Wright and Lander's article: 'Collaborative group interactions of students from two ethnic backgrounds'

Authors: Yui-yip Lau

Addresses: Hong Kong Community College, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 9 Hoi Ting Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Transport Institute, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Abstract: In this paper, the author provides a critical analysis of Wright and Lander's (2003) article, 'Collaborative group interactions of students from two ethnic backgrounds'. Taking an empirical research approach, Wright and Lander apply a quantitative methodology to investigate a possible scenario for student interaction within different collaborative groups. Focusing on Wright and Lander's research, this study will briefly review the evolution of educational research since the nineteenth-century and classify our methodological approach in light of that. The remaining part of this study proceeds as follows: Sections 2 and 3 provide a synopsis of the selected research, and then identify its main strengths. A critical evaluation of Wright and Lander's research is presented in Section 4, including theory, research design, methods and researcher values, and possible improvements to the study and some conclusions are given in Section 5.

Keywords: empirical research approach; educational research; quantitative methodology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIIE.2018.097851

International Journal of Innovation in Education, 2018 Vol.5 No.2, pp.110 - 121

Received: 13 Apr 2018
Accepted: 12 May 2018

Published online: 19 Feb 2019 *

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