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Equality, Equity, and Diversity. Educational Solutions in the Basque Country

Edited by Alfonso Unceta and Concepción Medrano

Jone Aliri
Maria José Alonso Olea
Ramón Alzate Sáez de Heredia
Maite Arandia Loroño
Enrique Arranz Freijo
Nekane Beloki Arizti
Andrés Davila
Aitor Gómez González
Lucía Gorbeña
Juan Luis Martín Ayala
Begoña Martínez Domínguez
Isabel Martínez Domínguez
Cristina Merino
Fernando Olabarrieta Artetxe
Iñaki Santa Cruz Ayo
Begoña Abad Miguélez has a degree in sociology from the University of Deusto, obtaining the second-place prize in the Spanish national awards for completion of undergraduate studies (from the Ministry of Education and Science), a master's in social sciences from the Center of Advanced Study in the Social Sciences at the Juan March Institute for Studies and Research, and a doctorate in Political Science and Sociology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She was a professor at the UPV/EHU between 1998 and 2003, and later an advanced technician in educational innovation for the virtual campus of the UPV/EHU. She currently teaches sociology and graduate studies in the Department of Sociology 2 at the UPV/EHU. She has participated in a variety of research projects on collective identity, its institutionalization, and generational transformation, carried out for the Basque Government's Department of Education, Universities, and Research. She is also currently a member of KOHESLAN, the Study Group for Social Cohesion. Her main lines of research are social change, the sociology of migrations and social cohesion, the sociology of education, and the sociology of youth.
Ana Aierbe Barandiaran has a doctorate in psychology and is a professor in the Department of Evolutionary Psychology and Education at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Her research centers on development-learning difficulties and the framework of the media and values. She forms part of a research team that is financed by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science that studies television, values, and identity construction. She is a permanent researcher in the Center of Communication and Educational Values at the UPV/EHU. She has published several articles in both Spanish and international journals as a result of her research, as well as books and chapters in collective works. For a full list of her publications, click here.
Mikel Arriaga Landeta teaches in the Department of Sociology 2 in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). His areas of interest include social diversity, social exclusion, and the sociology of identities. He is the director of the master's program in migrations, Knowledge and Management of Migratory Processes (EHU/UPV, 2010–12). At the same time, he is in charge of the field of diversity, exclusion, and social cohesion for the master's research program in Research Models and Fields in Social Sciences (EHU/UPV, 2010–12). Recently, he has directed the project "Basque Gypsies and Immigrants during their Adolescent Cycle of Life," co-financed by the Vice Rectorate for Research at the UPV/EHU and Vice Ministry for Housing and Social Affairs in the Basque Government). He has also participated as a researcher in the RDI (research, development, and innovation) project "TRANSMIGRA: An Analysis of the Processes of Moroccan, Ecuadorian, and Romanian Economic and Political Transnationality: Migration as a Development Factor in Countries of Origin and Host Countries." Both projects have led to numerous individual and collective publications. He is currently an integral member of KOHESLAN (a study group for social cohesion at the UPV/EHU) and the Consolidated Research Group on Education to Overcome Inequalities at the University of Barcelona (by resolution of the Government of Catalonia).
Maite Garaigordobil [PHOTO] Is a professor of evolutionary psychology in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Her main research interests are evaluating psychological intervention programs in order to foment socio-emotional development and personality during childhood and adolescence in clinical and educational contexts; and creating tools for psychological evaluation (self-concept, cooperation, development, psychomotor development, creativity, and so forth). She is also currently researching cyberbullying and sexism. Her most recent publications include (with José Antonio Oñederra), La violencia entre iguales: Revisión teórica y estrategias de intervención (2010); “Assessment of a Cooperative Play Program for Children aged 10–11 Years on Prosocial Behaviors and Perception of Peers,” in Infancia y Aprendizaje 31 (2008), (with Carmen Maganto, José Ignacio Pérez, and Eneko Sansinenea); “Gender Differences in Socio-emotional Developmental Factors during Adolescence and Effects of a Violence Prevention Program,” in the Journal of Adolescent Health, 44 (2009); and “A Comparative Analysis of Empathy in Childhood and Adolescence: Gender Differences and Associated Socio-emotional Variables,” in the International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 9 (2009). For more information on her research and publications available to download please click here.
Juan Ignacio Martínez de Morentin has a doctorate in pedagogy and is a professor in the Department of Evolutional Psychology and Education at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). He has been a visiting professor at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and the University of Oxford. Appointed executive secretary of the Center of Communication and Educational Values at the UPV/EHU, his fields of interest in teaching and research include children's psychomotor education, identity construction, educational values, and socio-educational intervention in disadvantaged contexts. Since 1992, he has been the executive director of the UNESCO center in Donostia-San Sebastián from which he oversees UNESCO international training educational policy via the implementation of training courses in seventy-five countries. His main publications address topics concerning international education, educational innovation, and the use of new technologies in online curricula design.
Concepción Medrano is a professor in the Department of Evolutionary Psychology and Education at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She coordinates the Center of Communication and Educational Values at the UPV/EHU, whose goal is to open up spaces of reflection and exchange of knowledge about the media and values, as well as strengthening ties with other universities. She has directed and codirected several research projects on values and education with researchers from other Spanish and international universities. Her current research interests center on examining the relations between the media (as socialization agents of childhood and youth) and identity construction. She has published several works (books and articles in both Spanish and international journals) that address these research interests. At the same time, she has been an advisor for a number of doctoral theses at both the UPV/EHU and Latin American universities, as part of the master's program in Psycho-Didactics, which have led to several publications. She is president of the Committee for the Evaluation of Social and Juridical Sciences for evaluating Uniqual (the Quality Evaluation and Accreditation Agency of the Basque University System) degrees and an associate editor for the journal Infancia y Aprendizaje.
Alfonso Unceta has a doctorate in Sociology and is a professor of Sociology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where he has spent most of his professional career. As a result of his research work, he has taken part in more than thirty research projects and external contracts. His main areas of interest are education, innovation, and governance, and he is the author of more than forty publications comprising books, book chapters, and journal articles. He received the Euskoiker Research Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Jesús María Leizaola Research Award, both in 2004. Since 2007, he has directed the master's degree program in Managing Knowledge and Innovation. Administrative duties have also formed an important part of his professional career. He has been Director of Universities and Deputy Minister for Education for the Basque Government, and since 2006 he has been Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication at the UPV/EHU.