An Incurable Academic. Memoirs of a Professor by Torsten Husen

By Torsten Husen

In those memoirs, Torsten Husen, Professor Emeritus of schooling on the collage of Stockholm, conveys a desirable photograph of the educational international from the l940s onwards and of the extreme advancements in schooling and psychology. Professor Husen is an across the world stated specialist on university affairs. because the first holder of the Chair of academic examine on the Stockholm university of schooling, he turned deeply concerned with coverage study tied to the varsity 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 used to be a founder member of the foreign organization for the review of academic fulfillment (IEA) and as Chairman of the Board of the foreign Institute for schooling making plans (IIEP) in Paris he grew to become more and more occupied with academic difficulties within the constructing nations. this can be an account of a outstanding guy whose commitment to analyze into academic difficulties around the globe will be an thought to others

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The general speed at which printers operated at that time meant that I was able to get no fewer than three small monographs typeset at Hakan Ohlsson's printing works in Lund. Admittedly I had a 44 An Incurable Academic special relationship with that printing house because the printing of all the papers for the military aptitude tests was done there. But there were instances in those years of that printer completing the production of a doctoral thesis in philology, with all the complicated setting which that involved, in less than a month.

After that I devoted myself entirely to Humanities subjects, the main subjects in the first two years being history, psychology and a course in Latin, which was a prerequisite for degree studies in history and literature. As mentioned above, Einar Löfstedt was in charge of Latin, and my recollection was that he did not spend much time drilling accidence and syntax, which was left to one of his assistant lecturers, Löfstedt concentrating on elegant surveys and dazzling commentaries. 28 An Incurable Academic I began by studying history, a subject which had always enthralled me.

The setting up of the experimental procedure was discussed with Carl Cederblad, an adult education pioneer in Uppsala, who had a similar job to mine as part-time education consultant to the Army Staff. Cederblad had undertaken extensive research at the end of the twenties and the beginning of the thirties on the ability—or rather inability—of young people in Sweden to use their mother tongue in reading and writing. e. normal national service recruits, and Folk High School students at the beginning and end of their courses.

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