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The IEA Studies: Factors that Affect Achievement in Six Subjects in Twenty-One Countries


reviewed by Joseph P. Farrell 1977

coverTitle: The IEA Studies: Factors that Affect Achievement in Six Subjects in Twenty-One Countries
Author(s): G. A. Walker
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Two claims can be made regarding the volumes under review here, which jointly reflect one of the misfortunes of academic culture in Europe and North America today: (1) These volumes describe and summarize the results of one of the great intellectual adventures of our time. (2) They manage to do this, in two of the volumes particularly, in a prose style so boring that it is likely to put all but the most dedicated readers quickly to sleep. In spite of the failings in prose style—failings that will be all too familiar to most readers of this essay—I highly recommend that these volumes be not simply read, but studied very carefully. I would assert (and this is not an exaggeration for rhetorical effect) that anyone who is unfamiliar with the results of the study these volumes report cannot claim over the next few years to be a serious student of education.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 79 Number 2, 1977, p. 289-297
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1205, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 12:50:33 AM

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