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ERIC Number: EJ829958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Resettling the Thoughts of Ernst Mach and the Vienna Circle in Europe: The Cases of Finland and Germany
Siemsen, Hayo; Siemsen, Karl Hayo
Science & Education, v18 n3-4 p1-25 Apr 2009
Although it is generally assumed that the thoughts of Ernst Mach and the scientific fields he influenced (in this case psychophysics and "Gestalt" psychology) emigrated from Europe during Second World War they apparently survived in Finland, influencing the Finnish education system. The following article evaluates this relationship and its implications from a historical and an empirical perspective. In empirical studies comparing the education systems of different countries, such as PISA, the Finns are in general regarded as being very successful with their school system. Does this apparent success have anything to do with a Machian influence? Our current research has so far revealed that the Finns have gone through an independent cultural development in two specific aspects: in the idea of the development of the individual personality (Snellman) and in a specific phenomenalism (developed primarily by Eino Kaila, in which Kaila was heavily influenced in this by Ernst Mach). The result can be regarded as a nation-wide "Experiment", the empirical evaluation of which can be found partly in the statistics of the PISA Studies, especially the evaluation of Finland in relation to other countries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; Germany
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment