Material relating to Albert E. G. Pilliner
Scope and Contents
- Letters relating to Pilliner's appointment, April 1949;
- Ph.D. thesis, University of Edinburgh, 1965;
- Publications authored by Pilliner, 1958-1978;
- Publications collected by Pilliner, 1968-2003;
- Report to UNESCO, 1961
- Reports to the British Council, 1964-1983;
- Material regarding the Godfrey Thomson unit, c1960s;
- Pilliner's notebooks, c1960s
- Typescripts titled Various papers, articles, etc, c1970s-1980s;
- Photographs, 1976-1980;
- Calculating machine, c1930s
- Survey titled the Teaching of English in Israel, 1964
- Pilliner, Albert E G, 1909-2003 (lecturer and educational researcher, Moray House College of Education) (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
During the Second World War, he was selected for work in a government research facility near Wrexham and there he used his statistical knowledge and experience to evaluate the effectiveness of explosives. It was at this period in his life that Pilliner met William Emmett, another statistician.
After the war, he took up teaching again, teaching Chemistry and Physics, and continued to keep in touch with Emmett. It was possibly through this communication that Professor Sir Godfrey Thomson came to hear of Pilliner, because in 1949 he took up a post as lecturer at the Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre (later Moray House College of Education). On Thomson's retiral in 1951 and subsequent death in 1955, Pilliner and his colleagues continued Thomson's work within what became the Godfrey Thomson Unit for Academic Assessment, University of Edinburgh - dubbed Room 70 during Thomson's time. Pilliner took over the running of Room 70 as well as lecturing to the Dip.Ed. and B.Ed. courses for a number of years.
In 1961, after a successful research trip to Israel on behalf of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Pilliner was invited to work for the NFER (National Foundation of Educational Research) which he turned down. By the 1970s however, most of his time was spent working as a consultant to the British Council, UNESCO, and other bodies, and he conducted research into the examination systems of many countries including Mauritius, Pakistan, and Malaysia.
Albert E. G. Pilliner died in 2003.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre (1907-1959)
- Educational tests and measurements
- Emmett, William B, fl mid 20th century (psychologist)
- English teachers | Training of
- Moray House College of Education (1959-1991)
- Teachers, Training of
- Thomson, Godfrey Hilton, Sir, 1881-1955 (psychologist and Bell Professor of Education, University of Edinburgh)
- University of Edinburgh (Scottish University)
- University of Edinburgh. Godfrey Thomson Unit for Educational Research
- Papers of Albert E G Pilliner, Lecturer and Educational Researcher, Godfrey Thomson Unit, University of Edinburgh