Blatz, William E.

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Blatz, William E.

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1895-1964

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W.E Blatz was a developmental psychologist, who observed, advised and conducted research into the topics of infancy and early childhood. He was born in 1895 in Hamilton and received his B.A, M.A in Physiology and M.B at the University of Toronto and received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Chicago. He served as the research director of the Canadian National Committee of Mental Hygiene (1925-1935), and was the director of the University of Toronto’s Institute of Child Study (1925-1960). He also was appointed as the educational consultant for the Dionne Quintuplets between 1935 and 1938. He traveled to England in 1941 under the auspices of the National Committee for Mental Hygiene of Canada to survey the need for children welfare and other services in war-time, as a result of this visit, the Canadian Children’s Services was founded in 1942. Noted publications include The Management of Young Children (1930), Collected Studies on the Dionne Quintuplets (1937), the Five Sisters (1938), Hostages to peace (1940), Understanding the Young Child (1944), Twenty-Five years of Child Study (1951), Human Security: Some Reflections (1964).

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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