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Thomson, Godfrey Hilton, Sir, 1881-1955 (psychologist and Bell Professor of Education, University of Edinburgh)

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Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Education as a National Problem of Today, 10 Jan 1931

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/18
Scope and Contents This lecture is essentially the same in content as lecture titled Some National Problems of Today: Education, with a shortened introduction.
Dates: 10 Jan 1931

In Praise of Examinations, 22 Apr 1943

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/29
Scope and Contents Thomson defends examinations, discussing their impartiality, fairness, and showing their importance in a democratic society where individuals progress by merit rather than nepotism. Additionally, Thomson also acknowledges the problems of examinations – namely nerves; chance and luck; time pressures on both examinees and examiners; and the inconsistent relationship between examination performance, the school record, and teachers' own ratings. He discusses possible solutions to these...
Dates: 22 Apr 1943

Lecture regarding examinations, 23 Nov 1949

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/31
Scope and Contents In the lecture, Thomson defends the use of examinations, arguing that they are preferable to nepotism. In addition, he identifies the problems of examinations, and how these may or have been resolved, including those of reliability and continuity of standards. Thomson discusses the merits of internal versus external examination, giving examples from Scotland, England and Germany, and referencing some of his own experience both as a member of a School Certificate Examination Board...
Dates: 23 Nov 1949

Schulaufbau und Lehrerbildung in England und Schottland [Educational structure and teacher education in England and Scotland], 1933

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/22
Scope and Contents Contains Thomson's typed and handwritten notes, and the final published transcript of the lecture.

The lecture compares the English and Scottish education systems both to each other and to the German system. Thomson discusses private and public schools; examinations; the eleven plus; grammar and modern education; religious schools; and methods of teaching, such as the Dalton Plan.
Dates: 1933

Selection for Higher Education, 6 Nov 1951

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/3/8
Scope and Contents The lecture largely concerns how selection for university entrance can be made more fair and equal, beginning at the age of eleven with the eleven-plus examination which determines a child's entry into a grammar or a modern school, the latter of which removes the possibility of attending university. Thomson argues for a mechanism by which pupils wrongly rejected by grammar schools may still enter university. He discusses the influence of industry and...
Dates: 6 Nov 1951

Some National Problems of Today: Education, 18 Jan 1930

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/14
Scope and Contents Thomson outlines some current problems in education, the most pressing of these arising from the raising of the school leaving age to 15. He briefly alludes to how the practical problems of the supply of specialist teachers and of buildings could meet the increased demand, before outlining his opinion on what secondary education should entail. He highlights the need for both vocational and cultural education in schools to ensure pupils of all abilities are prepared for the working world,...
Dates: 18 Jan 1930

The Criterion of the Future Career, c1930s-1940s

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/11
Scope and Contents The lecture regards the problems of examinations at university level, particularly with regards to external and internal examiners, and how these can be resolved. Thomson compares the Scottish system to that of the English, paying particular attention to the examination processes for ordinary degrees in which the Scottish student participates in both the Class Certificate system and the wider examination system of the university; and the English system in which there is a meeting of...
Dates: c1930s-1940s