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ERIC Number: EJ897129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1053-4512
Tom Lovitt: Reflections on a Career and the Field of Learning Disabilities
Chamberlain, Steven P.
Intervention in School and Clinic, v46 n1 p54-59 Sep 2010
This article presents an interview with Dr. Thomas Lovitt, one of the "giants" in the field of learning disabilities. Dr. Lovitt was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1930. He received bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas. In 1956, after a 4-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Lovitt took positions as a musician with the Kansas City Philharmonic and the Kansas City Conservatory. His teaching career began in the public schools in 1964. Following completion of his doctorate in 1966, he joined the faculty of the University of Washington, where he remained until his retirement in 2002. Dr. Lovitt has written extensively in the field of special education, including 10 books, 137 articles, and 34 book chapters, in addition to presenting 152 papers and serving on the editorial board of 14 journals. In two of his best-known works--"In Spite of My Resistance, I Have Learned From Children" and "Because of My Persistence, I Have Learned From Children"--he wrote of common principles in education such as clarifying expectations and the benefits of practice. In this article, Dr. Lovitt reflects on his career and the field of learning disabilities. He also discusses some of his postretirement activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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