ERIC Number: ED243366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The "Flexner Report" of 1910 and Its Influence on Later Studies of Academic Quality.
Webster, David S.
The "Flexner Report" of 1910, which described 155 U.S. and Canadian medical schools, is discussed, along with its influence on later studies of academic quality. Scholars almost universally agree that the Flexner Report dramatically changed the nature of medical education in the United States, although they disagree about how this happened. In addition to information on medical school finance, enrollments, and learning environments, Flexner listed all schools by state (province). For each school, he briefly described entrance requirements, teaching staff, income, laboratory facilities, and clinical facilities. He also described medical education in general for most of the states and suggested improvements. Flexner obtained most of his information by personally inspecting the medical schools. He was perhaps more blunt than anyone has been, before or since, in a report on colleges intended for the general public. Flexner later wrote several other comparative studies of universities. In addition, at least two studies published much later by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching followed the format of the Flexner Study very closely. Another successor to the Flexner Report was a large work published by the U.S. Bureau of Education. (SW)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Flexner (Abraham)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984). Best copy available.