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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 2 Collections and/or Records:

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

Scholarship, Culture, and Vocation: educational Ideals at home and abroad, 31 Jan 1930

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/3/1
Scope and Contents The address discusses the apparent schism between scholarship, culture, and vocation, with Thomson making the case that a good education needs to contain aspects of all three in order to produce a whole individual. He illustrates his points with examples of education from around the world. In relation to this, Thomson discusses the project method, which involves students working together using individual skills, the folkhighschool...
Dates: 31 Jan 1930