An Incurable Academic. Memoirs of a Professor by Torsten Husen

By Torsten Husen

In those memoirs, Torsten Husen, Professor Emeritus of schooling on the college of Stockholm, conveys a desirable photograph of the educational global from the l940s onwards and of the extreme advancements in schooling and psychology. Professor Husen is an the world over stated specialist on institution affairs. because the first holder of the Chair of academic study on the Stockholm college of schooling, he turned deeply concerned about coverage study tied to the college reforms and his examine and writing have without delay affected the global debate at the constitution and content material of secondary and top secondary education. He was once a founder member of the overseas organization for the evaluate of academic fulfillment (IEA) and as Chairman of the Board of the overseas Institute for schooling making plans (IIEP) in Paris he grew to become more and more fascinated about academic difficulties within the constructing nations. this can be an account of a awesome guy whose commitment to investigate into academic difficulties around the globe could be an idea to others

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Earlier methods were almost all based on the method designed for children by Binet. I initiated a new standardisation (with significant modifications) based on Wechsler's method, adapted to Swedish circumstances. The new test scale, called the CVB scale after the Centrala värnpliktsbyrän (Armed Forces Conscription Office), was attached to the proofs of the publications I submitted in support of my professorial application. It was later used to a considerable extent in Swedish psychiatry and clinical psychology.

Berg's pamphlet 'The Elementary School as a Basic School", which was written for the Schools' Conference in 1883 and inaugurated a new phase in the development of Swedish schools, had its origins in the circle of liberal school teachers and thinkers whom Fridtjuv came in contact with through his father, who had entered into an extensive correspondence with them. Anders Berg's correspondence was a goldmine for anyone who wanted to discover the ideological roots of the Basic School concept and how its advocates envisaged the connection between elementary and secondary education.

Some authors of fiction seem to possess a kind of eidetic gift in being able to recall very vivid and detailed pictures of situations they have experienced. Two writers who have given evidence in autobiographical novels of their enormous ability to project such visual images were Balzac (in Louis Lambert) and Jack London (in Martin Eden). I collected further material from my own literary studies, and wrote an article entitled "The Writer's Psyche and his Visions" ("Diktarpsyken och det visionära"), which was published in Nordisk Tidskrift (Scandinavian Literary Journal), largely because I had dealt with a number of Scandinavian writers.

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