Thursday, 6 August 2009

Decision time

New book planned

Over on Conductive Education Information, Gill Maguire has posted another brief notice in her series 'Conductive Education Classics', this time concerning a book that was very dear to my heart

Thank you Gill. This was the second communication today to prompt me into taking a certain long-overdue decision.

Her choice this time is Conductive Education: a system for overcoming motor disorders, published twenty-three years ago, by Philippa Cottam, Jayne Titchener, Ronni Nanton and myself.

That book has been possibly the only overarching academic book to have come out of the spread of CE into the English-speaking world (though there have been other works in English of different kinds, to be judged by their own lights). The book is now hopelessly out of date and of interest only as a historical document (not uniquely in the field of CE).

There are books in German that may reasonably be termed academische, and again others that may reasonably be not.

In terms of academic publishing in CE, the world is running on empty tanks and has been for some time. If you agree with that statement, then I leave it to you to decide whether you regard CE as a motor-car or an aeroplane, when you consider its implications.

Philippa, Jayne, Ronni and I wrote that book as outsiders. Now that I am an outsider again, it it time to repeat the exercise, with an overarching academic-style overview of Conductive Education and the CE field. I shall write this one on my own and hope that it shall be ready for next summer. Any suggestions of what I might put in it will of course be very welcome.

New world, new book

We began to plan that first book in 1985, around a year or so before it came out. The actual mechanics of publishing were far slower in those days but there is something similar about the circumstances of Conductive Education in that distant time and those now. Though we could have no idea in 1985 of the forces that were about to be unleashed, the world of Conductive Education was heading for change, the dawn of its international age. Its future today is equally unclear...

No book will bring about the changes that are needed, and there' is no Standing up for Joe just around the corner to do the job that the 'professionals' never could, mobilise parents.

But there does seem the spirit of change in the air. The time has at last come.

References

Cottam, P. and Sutton, A. (eds.) (1986) Conductive Education; a system for overcoming motor disorders, London, Croom Helm.

http://books.google.com/books?id=vPINAAAAQAAJ&pg=PP1&dq=

Maguire, G. (2008) Conductive Education Classics, No 7, Conductive Education Information, 6 August

http://www.conductiveeducationinformation.org/2009/08/conductive-education-classic-no7.html

2 comments:

  1. GREAT NEWS ANDREW! CAN'T WAIT!
    PROMISE TO TRANSLATE IT INTO HEBREW FOR THE BENIFIT OF OUR PARENTS, STAFF, STUDENTS AND THE PROFESSIONAL MILLEU IN ISRAEL

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