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From a reader:
Do you remember what motivated you to study intellectual development ?

My response:

I was interested in science, and especially physics, as the foundation of knowledge. This was stimulated by my own natural interest in the world around me and accelerated by my reading of science fiction literature. When I attended university I discovered that I had an affinity for these questions, and switched from a physics major to philosophy, where I studied the foundations of knowledge and learning. As I developed greater expertise and my own views in these subjects I began to express them publicly, where they were well received. This led me to a career in the study of intellectual development.
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I was asked to review an article for the UNESCO International Review of Education. Here's how I replied:

I would very much like to be of service to UNESCO, as it is an organization whose aims and objectives I support. However, although I review numerous papers on MOOCs, educational technology, and associated subjects, I reserve my efforts exclusively for the benefit of open access journals. I checked the site for International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) and found that it is not open access. I must therefore decline your request.

Please allow me to express the hope that IRE will reconsider its access policy, and will expend UNESCO resources to support the scientific, cultural and educational needs of the world, rather than to make a large academic publisher more profitable. Applying UNESCO endorsement to open access publishing especially in view of UNESCO’s open educational resources (OER) program – would do much more value than applying that endorsement to Springer.


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