McInerney, D M. (2016). A journey through David Watkins's research and contribution to cross-cultural psychology. R. B. King, A. B. I. Bernardo. The psychology of Asian learners: A festschrift in honor of David Watkins 15-34. United States of America: Springer. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-576-1_2
The first time I met David Watkins was a long time ago. I was sitting next to him on a bus going to the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology conference dinner. The place was Newcastle, and the year was 1988, an auspicious year as I turned 40 and had just submitted my doctorate for examination, the topic of my doctorate being The Psychological Determinants of Motivation of Non-Traditional Aboriginal Students . My “very erudite” paper presentation at the conference was entitled A cross-cultural analysis of student motivation in school settings: An Australian perspective. What a fortuitous event that I was seated on a bus next to David who was also developing a strong interest in cross-cultural research on learning and motivation. What I had not anticipated during the bus trip to a wonderful Hunter Valley winery and the later conversation we had during dinner and throughout the conference was what an argumentative couple we were. It seemed that when I said “white,” he would say “black,” and when he said “fast,” I would say “slow.” I think these dynamics characterized our long friendship and professional relationship through to today.
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