Clarence Edward Beeby (New Zealand)

Mandate: April 1948 – 1949

Born in 1902 in Leeds (United Kingdom), Mr Beeby obtained an M.A. with first class honours in philosophy from Canterbury University College (New Zealand) in 1923. After his Ph.D. in Manchester, Mr Beeby started his career as university teacher in the philosophy department of Canterbury College. In 1934, he became director of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER).

Mr Beeby served the New Zealand government regarding educational reforms before he was appointed Assistant Director of Education in 1938, and Director of Education in 1940. He remained Chief educational adviser to the government until retiring in 1960. As a member of the Senate of the University of New Zealand, he conducted educational reforms.

In 1960, he was appointed Ambassador of New Zealand to France. He was elected member of UNESCO’s Executive Board in 1960, and Chairman in 1963. He also played an active role in the early years of the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP): he was director of its symposium on the quality of education and editor of its report. More information

Mr Beeby is the author of numerous articles and books, among them The quality of education in developing countries (1966).

He died in 1998.


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