Torsten Husen's An Incurable Academic. Memoirs of a Professor PDF

By Torsten Husen

ISBN-10: 0080279252

ISBN-13: 9780080279251

In those memoirs, Torsten Husen, Professor Emeritus of schooling on the collage of Stockholm, conveys a desirable photograph of the tutorial international from the l940s onwards and of the extreme advancements in schooling and psychology. Professor Husen is an the world over said professional on college affairs. because the first holder of the Chair of academic examine on the Stockholm institution of schooling, he grew to become deeply enthusiastic about coverage learn tied to the college reforms and his study and writing have at once affected the global debate at the constitution and content material of secondary and top secondary education. He used to be a founder member of the foreign organization for the assessment of academic success (IEA) and as Chairman of the Board of the overseas Institute for schooling making plans (IIEP) in Paris he turned more and more all for academic difficulties within the constructing nations. this can be an account of a extraordinary guy whose commitment to analyze into academic difficulties around the globe may be an idea to others

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If I had written this thirty years ago, I would probably have tried to pen a character sketch of the 48 An Incurable Academic various actors in the drama, if for no other reason than to relieve my feelings. But now all four assessors and one of my fellow applicants are no longer alive; and the passage of the years has also helped in removing the bitterness. Wilhelm Sjöstrand, with whom I have engaged in many controversies during a professional career of almost thirty years, has retired. For many years I collected the letters, mostly abusive ones, I had received from him, together with the articles in the conservative Svenska Dagbladet in which he used regularly to disparage my publications and those of my collaborators and students, in afile,which I labelled "The Sjöstrand Case".

I am not so pleased about the content, but I am quite convinced that my investigations will not be appreciably diminished in value after yours have been published. But I should have been faster, and, as I've said, you should have discussed things with me. In a letter to Landquist sent a few days before the "disputation", the examination of my thesis, Cederblad draws attention to the fact that in his preliminary publications he "had stressed in the clearest possible way that (he) intended to publish hisfindingsbased on his unique material, particularly with regard to the lives and attitudes of 20-yearolds .

Siegvald has had extensive research material to deal with, and the investigation cannot have been entirely fruitless, quite apart from the personal reward that the assiduous author usually gets in the form of a magic ring of gold bearing a design of laurel leaves. All this academic fuss would not be worth mentioning if it had not been for the fact that my thesis came at a very inconvenient time for the trio of Siegvald, Quensel and Nyman, who had all imagined Siegvald as Landquist's successor. In my naivety, however, I was totally unaware that I had appeared on the scene as a competitor to Siegvald.

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