Reference : Forging Harmony in The Social Organism: Industry and the Power of Psychometric Techniques
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Education & instruction
Forging Harmony in The Social Organism: Industry and the Power of Psychometric Techniques
Herman, Frederik mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Languages, Culture, Media and Identities (LCMI) >]
35th International Standing Conference for History of Education
from 21-08-2013 to 24-08-2013
[en] history of education ; psychometric techniques ; vocational orientation and guidance
[en] This paper analyses the initiating role of industry in educational selection by means of
psychometric techniques used, for example, in psycho-physiological laboratories such as the one
associated with a technical vocational school in Luxembourg as of the 1920s. The paper investigates whether such techniques were used strategically in vocational orientation in order to underline an ethic of individual harmony via objectified observation and categorization of the talents of apprentices. What hidden agendas may have underpinned the industry’s rhetoric regarding the rebirth of the “individual” and the empowerment of personal vocation through science-oriented processes like quantification, measurement, and rational assessment? Could such a rationale have functioned to legitimize the industry’s self-image as a privileged force in structuring individual lives and the social fabric? The paper addresses these matters.
Fonds National de la Recherche - FnR
F3R-LCM-PFN-12FAMO > C12/SC/3978734: Fabricating Modern Societies: Industries of > > PRIEM Karin

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