Dr. Pat Alexander, Distinguished University Professor in the Human Development & Quantitative Methodology department, has been featured in "Conversations with Five Highly Successful Female Educational Psychologists: Patricia Alexander, Carol Dweck, Jacquelynne Eccles, Mareike Kunter, and Tamara van Gog."
Dr. Alexander's scholarship has been recognized a number of times, in 2013 and 2016 by Educational Psychology Review, as well as 2003 and 1998 by Contemporary Educational Psychology. This interview examines her success and productivity, identifying factors and strategies that contributed to such an influential career.
Conversations with Five Highly Successful Female Educational Psychologists: Patricia Alexander, Carol Dweck, Jacquelynne Eccles, Mareike Kunter, and Tamara van Gog
Anja Prinz, Helene Zeeb, Abraham E. Flanigan, Alexander Renkl, & Kenneth A. Kiewra. Educational Psychology Review (2020).
Previous studies have investigated the characteristics, influencing factors, and working strategies of highly successful educational psychologists. These studies, however, have focused mainly on male scholars. Consequently, little is known about how successful female educational psychologists go about their work and are so productive. In the present study, we addressed this gap by interviewing five leading female educational psychologists (Patricia Alexander, Carol Dweck, Jacquelynne Eccles, Mareike Kunter, and Tamara van Gog) about factors that have aided their success and about their gender-related experiences. The five female scholars revealed their trademark characteristics, the important people and places that influenced their careers, and their time- and research-management strategies. They also provided unique insights about their experiences and perspectives as women in the field of educational psychology. Findings offer guidance for budding scholars, particularly women.