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(October 1952)

Jonas, Frank H.
Educational research in Germany (part I),   pp. [3]-6 PDF (2.2 MB)

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Rear view of the war-wrecked building before reconstruction but after accumulated
rubble had been hauled away.
proposal included in the draft of a teacher education
reform bill which never became law.
Professors Hylla and Wrinkle, sensing official German
interest in such an institution, approached Dr. Stein in
Wiesbaden. As a result, the Society for Educational Re-
search and Advanced Studies in Education was or-
ganized, with Dr. Stein as president and Mr. Hylla as
executive secretary. This society, which was composed
of Hessian educational leaders interested in this move-
ment, sponsored the Institute.
Heinrich Seliger, Frankfurt city superintendent of
schools, assisted the group in search of a building. The
city donated a bomb-damaged, five-story building, with
an adjoining gymnasium, which had formerly been an
elementary school. At the time the building and site
were valued at DM 1,200,000 ($285,600).
The State of Hesse agreed to maintain the Institute
permanently and to date has made two appropriations
totaling DM 400,000 ($95,200) for operating expenses.
IN AUGUST, 1950, a grant of DM 800,000 ($190,400) was
made from the HICOG Special Projects Fund for the
reconstruction and adaption of the building and in
January, 1951, another grant of DM 336,000 ($79,968) was
made for operations and equipment. Later, as building
costs rose, the city of Frankfurt donated DM 150,000
($35,700), matched by a like further amount from the
HICOG Special Projects Fund. Had not an old building
been reconstructed, the building costs would have been
three times as high. In November, 1951, a HICOG grant
of DM 177,000 ($42,126) was approved for equipment and
The building, now fully equipped, is a monument to
joint American and German efforts to encourage re-
search in specific educational fields that have been neg-
lected and undeveloped, not only because of a totalitar-
ian regime and a devastating war, which sealed off
Germany from the rest of the Western world for more
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than a decade, but also because of the resistance of
traditional outlooks and procedures
The physical properties of the new institution are
modern and complete. In addition to lecture and class
rooms, libraries, staff and administrative offices, there
are 28 rooms for students and apartments for professors.
The former gymnasium has been remodeled into an
auditorium seating 240 persons, with modern technical
facilities and film equipment. There are two libraries,
one to serve the research needs of the institution, and
the other, subsidized by the, city of Frankfurt and ad-
ministered by the Institute, to serve the teachers in
Frankfurt who wish to consult and borrow materials
related to their interests and work.
AS A CORPORATE foundation under public law, the
A   International Educational Research Institute enjoys
an enviable legal position for a public institution in
Germany. Except for the financial support of the state
of Hesse for its maintenance and the single represen-
tative of the Ministry of Culture and Education on its
board of trustees, the Institute is independent of govern-
mental control. Only a few institutions in Germany
enjoy this favorable position.
Not an integral part of any university, the Institute
has university standing, although it grants no degrees
or diplomas. The students are mainly graduate students,
usually for in-service training for a period of one year,
such as 8 teachers to whom the state of Hesse has agreed
to grant leaves of absence at full pay to attend the In-
stitute. However, students from universities may also
use the facilities for advanced degrees.
All students are allowed to publish their findings
under their own names. Such relationships are expected
to develop with the University of Frankfurt, which is
only a few blocks away, and with the University of
Marburg, the other university in Hesse, both of which
are represented on the board of trustees. Germans from ,
outside Hesse will be included in the student body, as

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