Monday, 20 July 2009

CE and the parent-child dyad

Nice small-scale study by conductor

Recent discussions in Conductive World have raised the question of the sort of small-grained studies that lone conductors might successfully undertake.

Here is a very recent example of potentially impactful findings from just such a study, taken from the Abstract of an dissertation successfully submitted as part requirement of an MA in Childhood and Education at the University of Warwick, by Wendy Baker of NICE.

Through a qualitative case-study approach, using multiple data-gathering measures, the researcher has studied interactions between parents and their very young children with motor disabilities, to determine how interactions are affected by the children's motor disabilities, how conductors can enhance dyadic interactions and the impact that subsequent improved relationships can have on the children's development and learning.

A survey of parents' views, detailed observations and interviews with parents and the conductor working with the children have provided data which have been integrated to draw conclusions about dyadic interactions and the part CE can play in motor disabled children's learning and development. From the experiential research conducted it was concluded that dyadic interactions can be developed through CE and that enhanced interactions can have a positive effort on motor disabled children's development and learning.

These findings are potentially impactful because the empirical work that Wendy reports that draws upon published theoretical positions from both within Conductive Education and without. Further, they suggest that elaboration of this line of investigation could be a possibly fruitful direction for futher academic research in this field.

Most importantly, Wendy now intends to publish her findings in academic/professional journals of an appropriate level for their further dissemination in the field of early child development.


Baker, W. (2009) Developing interactions between parents and their young motor disabled children through Conductive Education, Unpublished dissertation, University of Warwick

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