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By Torsten Husen

In those memoirs, Torsten Husen, Professor Emeritus of schooling on the college of Stockholm, conveys a desirable photograph of the educational global from the l940s onwards and of the intense advancements in schooling and psychology. Professor Husen is an the world over stated professional on college affairs. because the first holder of the Chair of academic examine on the Stockholm institution of schooling, he turned deeply interested in coverage learn 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 was once a founder member of the foreign organization for the evaluate of academic success (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 enthusiastic about academic difficulties within the constructing nations. this is often an account of a awesome guy whose commitment to analyze into academic difficulties around the world could be an proposal to others

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Thereafter the second opponent, who was nominated by the candidate, took over; and when he had finished the floor was given to the third opponent, who was expected to play the role of the devil's advocate, Preparing to Become a Professor 33 and thereby cheer up both candidate and audience who, by that stage, depending on how the questioning had developed, could be feeling either depressed, or rather bored. The candidate and the three opponents were all dressed formally, in tails. Recently, the ritual has become simplified, with only one regular opponent, although the public can still question from the floor.

For many years I collected the letters, mostly abusive ones, I had received from him, together with the articles in the conservative Svenska Dagbladet in which he used regularly to disparage my publications and those of my collaborators and students, in afile,which I labelled "The Sjöstrand Case". 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 shall return to him in a separate section. Olle Holmberg, who held the Chair in the History of Literature, was my principal teacher for literature; he was a stand-offish character, difficult to make contact with. To some extent he was an outsider in Lund, the parochialism of which gave rise to the appellation of "academic village". He was not particularly sociable, and suffered agonies when he had to perform before any group of people, and therefore almost never took part in academic ceremonies.

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