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 photo 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 tuition affairs. because the first holder of the Chair of academic examine on the Stockholm tuition of schooling, he grew to become deeply keen on coverage learn tied to the college reforms and his learn 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 overview of academic fulfillment (IEA) and as Chairman of the Board of the foreign Institute for schooling making plans (IIEP) in Paris he turned more and more thinking about academic difficulties within the constructing international locations. this can be an account of a impressive guy whose commitment to analyze into academic difficulties world wide could be an suggestion to others

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Siegvald, confined high up in the tower of the university building in Lundagärd Park, had been busy for fifteen years writing the huge compendium which in its printed form of 1300 pages was to be his doctoral thesis on the intellectual differences between the sexes. I have never seen any reference to it or quotations from it in any of the international handbooks on differential psychology: it seems as if nobody knows of its existence. This was Siegvald's chief publication submitted in support of his application for the professorship.

On top of all this, one of my student acquaintances, an academic fraud of the highest order, had joined forces with those who had decided to have my scalp. The main part of the operation had been assigned to Quensel's assistant. The Faculty-appointed opponent was John Elmgren, Professor of Psychology in Gothenburg. When he had finished, the floor was free, in accordance with the statutes, to additional opponents ex auditorio. Both Quensel and the assistant stepped forward. Their remarks concerned the representativeness of the material for the age group investigated, and of the applicants for a regular post, and the statistical treatment of the material.

Lombroso maintained that criminality could be correlated with atavistic elements in a person's features, characteristics with which Strindberg richly endowed his gypsy manager. When Strindberg's alter ego, the Aryan "Superman" Dr Törner, destroys the "gypsy" pariah towards the end of the book, he uses a magic lantern to project pictures into the evening mist, pictures which through their power of suggestion make the gypsy behave like a dog. I found that Strindberg had lifted the description of this from Bernheim's De la suggestion, which he also had among his possessions at the time of writing The Stronger and The Battle of the Brains.

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