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ERIC Number: ED504807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 206
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8739-2726-7
An Atlantic Crossing? The Work of the International Examination Inquiry, Its Researchers, Methods and Influence
Lawn, Martin, Ed.
Symposium Books
This book focuses on the International Examinations Inquiry (IEI), an international, well-funded scientific project that operated in the 1930s, attracting key world figures in educational research, and which undertook significant exchanges of data. Originally involving the USA, Scotland, England, France, Germany and Switzerland, the IEI grew to include Norway, Sweden and Finland. Funded by Carnegie money, these researchers included major comparative educationalists, New Education Fellowship academics, statisticians and educational psychologists. They met at a significant time in the emergence of international scientific work in educational research between the USA and Europe; they were a midway stage between earlier individual contacts by well-travelled researchers, usually towards North America, and the development of joint research projects, sustained over time. The focus of the IEI was on methods of examining pupils for the coming expansion of secondary education, but their key problems were to do with establishing standardized methods of measurement, international scholarly communication and comparative understandings of national diversity. The IEI researchers acted to support national achievements and strategies within the borders of the nation and internationally, to exchange methods and results. In retrospect, they appear to be visible in their knowledge communities and national education histories but invisible in their internationalism. Contents include: Introduction. An Atlantic Crossing? The Work of the International Examinations Inquiry, its Researchers, Methods and Influence; Blowing up the Citadel of Examinations: the English Committee and the Carnegie Corporation (Martin Lawn); Awkward Knowledge: The German Delegation to the International Examinations Inquiry (Florian Waldow); Bovet's Dilemma--Examinations or No Examinations: The Swiss Contribution to the Carnegie initiative (Rita Hofstetter and Bernard Schneuwly); The Battle of the Baccalaureat: The Long Forgotten Story of a Divided Committee; Naive, Expert and Willing Partners: The Scottish Council for Research in Education in the International Examinations Inquiry (Martin Lawn, Ian Deary and David Bartholomew); Laurin Zilliacus and the "War" against the Finnish Matriculation Examination (Minna Vourio-Lehti and Annukka Jauhiainen); Inter/national Assessments as National Curriculum: The Case of Sweden (Christian Lundahl); and Between Common Schooling and the Academe: The International Examinations Inquiry in Norway, 1935-1961 (Harold Jarning and Gro Hanne Aas.) Contributor information is included.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; France; Germany; Norway; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Scotland); United States