Aesthetic modernisation and international comparisons: learning about drawing instruction at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900.

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  • Author(s): Landahl, Joakim
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    History of Education. Jan2019, Vol. 48 Issue 1, p41-59. 19p. 2 Color Photographs, 2 Black and White Photographs.
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    • Abstract:
      This article is concerned with an early phase in the history of educational comparisons in which international exhibitions played a major role as spaces for comparison. It looks at the educational exhibits at the Exposition Universelle in Paris 1900, and more specifically its exhibitions on drawing instruction. By following a central Swedish actor, Hjalmar Berg, and his ambition to modernise drawing instruction in Sweden based on his impressions at the exhibition, the article argues that the exhibition was a medium with the potential to promote aesthetic modernisation. Previous research has highlighted the world's fairs as important arenas for the international comparison of education. This article is intended to contribute to this field by also exploring what these exhibitions meant on a national level. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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