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Blatt, Burton 1927-1985

Overview
Works: 41 works in 135 publications in 2 languages and 4,979 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Book reviews  Abstracts  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: HV3006.A4, 362.30973
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Burton Blatt
Christmas in purgatory; a photographic essay on mental retardation by Burton Blatt( Book )

13 editions published between 1966 and 1985 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exodus from pandemonium; human abuse and a reformation of public policy by Burton Blatt( Book )

5 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a result of personal observations of state institutions for the mentally handicapped, the author describes the tragic and inhuman conditions with vivid examples of specific patients and incidents. The account further explores the entire concept of human abuse which is propagated both by social institutions (such as the prison system) and by society's apathy (such as racial segregation). The author examines the historical prevalence of human abuse and asserts the belief that the responsibility and guilt lies with all of mankind. Written in verse format, a section of the text discusses concepts of evil, good, hope, love and related aspects inherent in the human condition. The author, in describing the despicable and pessimistic conditions, provides information on incidence, expenditure allotments per state, legislative progress and problems, the author's address to the Massachusetts legislature, and the author's experience while visiting a Nazi concentration camp. A selected, annotated bibliography on human abuse is presented. (Rd)
The preparation of teachers : an unstudied problem in education by Seymour Bernard Sarason( Book )

12 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For a number of years, the authors of this book have been interested in and concerned with the nature and efficacy of teacher training. As colleagues on a research project on anxiety in elementary school children (Sarason, Davidson, Lighthall, Waite, and Ruebush, 1960), Drs. Sarason and Davidson found themselves becoming increasingly involved with the plight of the classroom teacher. On the one hand, they became acutely aware of the complexity of the teacher's task of guiding and stimulating children's learning and, on the other hand, of the inadequacy of their training for their difficult role. In addition, it became quite obvious that, as a group, teachers were acutely aware of this state of affairs, an awareness complicated by the knowledge that there was little they could do to remedy the situation. They could take more courses, but they held a very dim view of what they could gain thereby. From time to time. Dr. Blatt, who, as chairman of the Department of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State College, was vitally interested in teacher training, joined in discussions with Davidson and Sarason. These discussions resulted in a more comprehensive and realistic conception of the nature and problems of teacher training and in the exploration of a new approach to teacher training at Southern Connecticut State College. This approach is described and discussed in Chapters 4 and 5 of this book. The more we got into the problem (by talking with teachers, observing them in classrooms, and scrutinizing the contents and procedures of various teacher-training programs), the more we became convinced of two things: First, most teachers teach in a way reflecting the concept that education consists primarily of what we put into children rather than what we can get out of them. It is admittedly an exaggeration--but it may help us make our point--to say that more often than not children seem to be viewed as computers in whom we store information so that it can be recalled upon certain signals. Second, teacher-training programs reinforce this conception, that is, teachers handle children in the learning process in the same way that they were handled in the course of their professional training. These two dominant impressions are elaborated on in this book, together with recommendations about how this state of affairs can begin to be remedied"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
In and out of mental retardation : essays on educability, disability, and human policy by Burton Blatt( Book )

7 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Special education : research and trends by Richard J Morris( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and Spanish and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Souls in extremis; an anthology on victims and victimizers by Burton Blatt( Book )

6 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perspectives in special education : personal orientations( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The conquest of mental retardation by Burton Blatt( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The educability of intelligence: pre-school intervention with disadvantaged children by Burton Blatt( Book )

8 editions published between 1969 and 1988 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The text presents a detailed account of a research project designed to investigate some of the ways in which intervention into the preschool lives of disadvantaged children might reduce the likelihood of mental retardation. The hypothesis was tested with a variety of measurements over a 3 year period and involved 74 children placed in a learning laboratory setting. It was concluded that the study did not demonstrate major differences on objective criteria between the experimental and nonexperimental groups. The inability of the program to produce measurable differences between the two groups led the researchers to suggest that it is not enough to provide preschool disadvantaged children with an enriched educational opportunity, and that the children were influenced more by home setting. The methodological problems encountered were enumerated and implications for further research cited. (Cd)
In and out of the university : essays on higher and special education by Burton Blatt( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An alternative textbook in special education : people, schools and other institutions( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revolt of the idiots : a story by Burton Blatt( Book )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The family papers : a return to purgatory by Burton Blatt( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A follow-up study to Christmas in purgatory by Burton Blatt and Fred Kaplan
In and out of books : reviews and other polemics on special education by Burton Blatt( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected media reviews: Exceptional children, 1970-1973 by Burton Blatt( Book )

3 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The intellectually disfranchised, impoverished learners and their teachers by Burton Blatt( Book )

3 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A field demonstration of the effects of nonautomated responsive environments on the intellectual and social competence of educable mentally retarded children by Burton Blatt( Book )

4 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A preschool program with children of low-socioeconomic status was conducted to enhance their educability. The sample (n 74) was divided by random assignment into one control and two experimental groups. Provisions were made for an optimal nursery school environment by (1) helping children to function socially in a group, (2) participating in experiences designed to arouse curiosity, and (3) training for acquisition of academic skills. During the 3-year program, a number of measuring instruments were employed--(1) cognitive (aptitude, achievement, language), (2) noncognitive (personality, social), and (3) environmental (home, family). The groups were no different at the conclusion of the study than they were at the beginning. Also, no evidence was obtained to support the theory that intelligence scores can be improved. It was suggested that additional effort should be given to the nature-nurture interaction, the time to begin interventions, and possible intervention models. (Jk)
Learning disabilities: integrity and usefulness as diagnostic and treatment concepts( Book )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The educability of intelligence ; preschool intervention with disadvantaged children, by Burton Blatt and Frank Garfunkel by Burton Blatt( Book )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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English (112)

Spanish (4)

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In search of the Promised Land : the collected papers of Burton Blatt