Department of Educational Psychology


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Published in Educational Psychology Review (2023) 35:56.


Copyright © 2023 Kenneth A. Kiewra and Douglas Kauffman, under exclusive license to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2023. Used by permission.


How are some scholars so productive? Kiewra and colleagues have interviewed about two dozen productive scholars over six studies to find out (Flanigan et al., 2018; Kiewra & Creswell, 2000; Kiewra et al., 2021; Kiewra et al., 2023; Patterson-Hazley & Kiewra, 2013; Prinz et al., 2020). Meanwhile, Bembenutty has also interviewed about 30 contemporary scholars to uncover their productivity pathways (Bembenutty, 2015, 2022). Absent from these interviews, though, is John Glover, the founding editor of Educational Psychology Review and one of the leading scholars of his time. Unfortunately, Glover’s time was brief. He died from a fallen tree in 1989 at age 40, about 16 years into his storied educational psychology career, wherein he masterfully investigated topics mostly related to reading and prose comprehension and to problem solving and creativity.

Upon his death, Steve Benton, who assumed Glover’s editorship duties when he passed, penned a tribute to his former University of Nebraska advisor: -- In 1976, John went to the University of Nebraska where he spent the next 11 years as one of the premiere educational psychologists of his day… In 1987, John went to Ball State University as Research Professor of Education and Director at the Burris Laboratory School. John’s accomplishments were so valued that he was posthumously awarded the 1990 Ball State University Outstanding Researcher of the Year. He will continue to influence educational psychologists and preservice teachers with his nearly 100 journal articles and [23] books, including the third edition of his undergraduate text [Educational Psychology: Principles and Applications], a recent graduate text titled Cognitive Psychology for Teachers, and Historical Foundations of Educational Psychology. (Benton, 1991, pp. 1-3)