Leaders in Educational Research: Intellectual Self Portraits by Maria De Ibarrola, D. C. Phillips

By Maria De Ibarrola, D. C. Phillips

During this quantity fourteen fellows of the foreign Academy of schooling, whose learn paintings is understood the world over, mirror upon the ways that their careers were formed through early kinfolk affects, by means of random occasions and shock possibilities, and by way of nascent highbrow pursuits and educational mentoring. The authors come from many various international locations (Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and the USA), and from a few disciplinary or highbrow orientations together with curriculum improvement, economics, academic size and statistical research, heritage, philosophy, coverage research, application evaluate, psychology, and sociology. they arrive from diversified social and cultural backgrounds; and in lots of situations rose above the travails offered by means of wars, social unrest, and social injustice to achieve an schooling that introduced them finally right into a study profession. in this direction, many have been abruptly assisted by means of validated researchers who served as mentors or "enablers." Their own tales, then, are of wide curiosity - and should also be a resource of convenience and thought to more youthful colleagues who're beginning their careers within the foreign academic learn neighborhood.

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The intervention was based on the following guidelines: 1. students were taught a five-stage selfregulation strategy for solving problems, and a set of eight heuristics; 2. a varied set of realistic, complex, and open problems was used: 3. a learning community was created through the application of interactive instructional techniques, in particular, small-group work and whole-class discussion; 4. an innovative classroom culture was created through establishing new norms about learning and teaching problem solving.

The clinical training was fair and eclectic, and represented psychodynamic theory well, but with a leaning to behavior modification. During my studies I was attracted to clinical psychology and even decided to specialize in it. In fact, as a student, I participated in the clinical activities of the Department, practicing behavior modification under the supervision of Mika Fatouros. Mika was an excellent clinician and a political activist, something which was very attractive to students in those uneasy years.

Throughout the school years I was avidly reading literature – all sorts but especially Greek novels. Kazantzakis (the author of Zorba the Greek) was my preferred author due both to his world-view and his special way of using modern Greek. For some time I even thought of becoming a novelist. I wrote poems and novels and this resulted into my first publication when I was 16 (Demetriou, 1971). This was a 41 A. DEMETRIOU novel titled Struggle, dealing with father-son and Greek-Turkish relationships, and it was embedded in the agricultural activities of the village.

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