Tuesday, 19 February 2008

A little more through the window

More English information on the Pető Institute’s new website

The site has undergone some further visual development. Maybe this further new information has just gone up or maybe I just couldn’t find it last time I looked.

It’s still early days and the English could certainly do with a good tweaking by a native English-speaker. There's quite a lot of general information on services offered to Hungarian children and adults, and there do begin to emerge, some answers to one of the questions on training raised on my posting of 14 February 2008.

Qualifications – graduates, teachers, or what?

The website states as follows.

Currently the training of conductor-teachers and conductor-kindergarten teachers is in the phase of closing down and a BA level conductor training with the opportunity to specialise in primary school or kindergarten pedagogy has been launched since Hungary joined the European higher education area (Bologna system).

The Bologna system is the new EU standard for levels of academic degrees, modelled like the English one of Batchelor’s, Master’s and doctorate. Conductors qualifying at the Pető Institute will for the first time do so at first-degree level (bachelor’s degree).

The notion of the ‘conductor-teacher’ will no longer apply. An implication of this is that, unless some further arrangement is made, conductors qualifying at the Pető Institute in future will no longer receive a teacher-training qualification recognised as such across the European Union under EU harmonisation regulations (though in effect this has only really been taken up in England and Wales).

The non-graduate conductor qualification of recent years has often been loosely described in some parts of the world (especially in the United States) as a ‘BA’. No doubt future holders of the Pető Institute’s bachelor’s degree will wish to correct this.

I understand from elsewhere that the last ‘conductor-teachers and conductor-kindergarten teachers’ are already working their way through the system and that the first undergraduate conductors are already studying. I do now know what year they will graduate. I also understand that the course will continue to be four years in duration.

The webpage continues as follows…

The alternatives of specialisation prepare conductors theoretically and practically for their role in special needs children’s integration into mainstream communities. In the new system of higher education crossing-over between specialisations is also possible.

It has yet to emerge what is actually meant here.

MA course in the offing

The primary opportunity for qualified conductors to study on MA level is pedagogy which is generally accepted by higher education institutions of teacher training. The College for Conductor Training, however, aspires to conceive an MA course in conductive education in the very near future. On top of offering enhanced theoretical and practical studies in conductive education, the course will include neurorehabilitation, psychology, pedagogy, management theory, marketing and economy.

Conductors have been agitating for years that there should be post-graduate study in their own discipline. Further information on this and how this will be provided will be looked forward to with great anticipation.

Questions remain

There is still nothing on the site of an ‘international’ nature, at least as far as I can find, other than the short ’awareness’ courses mentioned in my previous posting. There is, however, acknowledgement that conductors might work around the world:

Professionals holding a conductor’s certificate are in demand all over the world. Apart from the Practising Institution of the András Pető Institute of Conductive Education and College for Conductor Training job opportunities in Hungary open mainly in the public education, health and social areas.

There’s still nothing in German or Russian.


Service information from the Pető Institute

Previous posting about the Pető Institute's new website
Isten hozott / Welcome back, 14 February 2008,

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