Culture, motivation, self-regulation, and the impactful work of Dennis M. McInerney

Héfer BEMBENUTTY, Gregory Arief D. LIEM, Kelly-Ann ALLEN, Ronnel B. KING, Andrew J. MARTIN, Herbert W. MARSH, Rhonda G. CRAVEN, Avi KAPLAN, Dale H. SCHUNK, Maria K. DIBENEDETTO, Jesus Alfonso Daep DATU

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This tribute celebrates the distinguished scholarship and extraordinary life of Dennis Michael McInerney, who passed away in Hong Kong on May 20th, 2022. It is a testimony of his impact on our professional and personal lives while highlighting the multitude and depth of his scholarly contributions. McInerney was one of those thinkers who invited us to reconsider how we conceptualize, assess, and apply scientific investigations in our teaching and learning practices. He authored and co-authored numerous widely used books and published numerous research articles in peer-refereed journals. During his remarkable career, McInerney dedicated a significant part to researching the problems associated with studying culture and uncovering how culture is a missing link in most motivation research. He believed there was a noteworthy need to conduct Indigenous educational research to understand the extent to which mainstream motivation theories apply to culturally diverse groups and stand up to cross-cultural testing scrutiny. McInerney’s influence and impact will transcend future generations of research, given the gravity of his scholarly contributions. Copyright © 2023 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number28
JournalEducational Psychology Review
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


Bembenutty, H., Liem, G. A. D., Allen, K.-A., King, R. B., Martin, A. J., Marsh, H. W., . . . Datu, J. A. D. (2023). Culture, motivation, self-regulation, and the impactful work of Dennis M. McInerney. Educational Psychology Review, 35. Retrieved from


  • Culture
  • Achievement motivation
  • Social
  • Indigenous people
  • Cross-cultural education
  • Personal investment theory


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