Beyond talk story — “Explaining Conversations”

Marie Iding
Dr. Marie Iding, Professor, Educational Psychology

Marie Iding is the co-author of Explaining Conversations: A Developmental Social Exchange Theory.  Written with Professor Emeritus R. Murray Thomas of the University of California, Santa Barbara, the book describes the pattern by which social exchange skills develop throughout life, focusing on conversational skills.

A professor in the College of Education Department of Educational Psychology, Iding has written a number of articles about learning with multimedia and on-line learning with a focus on Pacific regions, including Hawai‘i, American Samoa, and Micronesia.

Explaining Conversations is filled with examples of social exchanges – chats, debates, arguments, and negotiations – both within a culture and cross-culturally.

The book describes the typical pattern of social exchange development throughout the first two decades of life.  One of the chapters provides guidance for teachers and parents fostering children’s and adolescents’ social exchange skills.

Iding has served on the faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 1991, when she was awarded her doctorate in education from UCSB. She also earned a MA degree in education from UCSB in 1989, and her BA from Loyola Marymount University. She has served as Guest Researcher in Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway in 2005 and as Visiting Professor at the Computational Social Science Laboratory in the Center for Applied Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark in 2011.

This story originally appeared in the 2012 edition of the College of Education’s Currents publication (Annual Report).  For more information on the College of Education, please visit: