Thursday, 19 November 2009

Conductive Education's blogosphere

An informal analysis

There are now a dozen blogs that together might be regarded as comprising the CE blogosphere. The criteria for for inclusion here are loose and informal. There may be others. Please let me know.

All but one of these are provided through Blogger, using standard templates. Four of these have take the option of an own-domain name, two as org, one as com,, and one as info. The one non-Blogger blog here is provided through Typepad.

Two of the twelve blogs come from the same source, the others being their writers' only blogs. All the blogs but one listed here are in English, the one exception (in Portuguese) having been being the first established CE blog, its author being the doyenne of CE-bloggers. There have been a few others but these have not maintained publication and are not considered further below.

Eleven CE-bloggers in three groups
  • parents 2
  • conductors 7
  • other 2
Two parent-bloggers, active in providing CE for others
  • one is Brazilian and runs a CE service in Brazil
  • one is British and runs a CE service in England
Nine conductor-bloggers, by nationality, training and present location
  • American, trained at Aquinas, working in US
  • British, trained at NICE, working in Brazil
  • British, trained at NICE, working in England (2)
  • Hungarian, trained at the Pető Institute, working in England (2)
  • British, trained at the Pető Institute, working in Germany
Two other bloggers
  • Both retired, British, living in England.
How representative are the CE-bloggers?

The authors of CE blogs are not representative of Conductive Education in nationality, native tongue, present location and, if conductors, place of initial training.

If one pivots around the age of thirty, then only three of these eleven authors may be regarded as 'young'. These three are all 'young conductors'. There are no 'young parents' represented here.

Another noticeable omission is blogging in languages other than English, except for Portuguese. There is nothing yet in the 'big' CE languages of German and Hungarian.

Any conclusions?

There are no 'conclusions' to be drawn from any of this. Though growth in the CE-blogosphere has been slow, the situation remains dynamic. The Conductive Education blogosphere is still small. It is noticeable that these CE-bloggers draw ideas from each other, both in form and in content, they refer to each others' writings, and they are conspicuous in commenting upon each others' blogs. Together this group publish by far the largest input of written information, news and analysis that Conductive Education has yet seen. Expression is fairly free.

Nothing is known about the readership. There is a handful of non-blogger readers who post frequent and thoughtful comments and, as they are often reminded, would be better of running blogs of then own. Most readers, however, are 'lurkers', or just one-off visitors. It seems unlikely, from examining the record of hits that most blogs publish, that the overwhelming majority of people involves in CE ever see a CE blog, never mind follow one. It is not known how far the CE-blogosphere might serve as a reference for people 'outside' Conductive Education.

NB New CE-blogs are in process of formation.

Conductive Education's most recent blog postings

The most recently published postings in all of the twelve blogs listed above are posted automatically in the left-hand column of Conductive World as soon as they appear (at least, as soon as Google can manage it), under the following heading



  1. Andrew
    I have updated the Conductive Web [], with the CE blogosphere blogs you’ve listed.
    Might you wish to add to your list Sixten’s Foundation -
    The following CE blogs are still listed on Conductive Web, with their ‘last posting’ as shown:
    1. Ulysse et l’education conductive 2mths ago
    2. A Petit Pas 3 mths ago
    3. Carson St P&C Presidents Blog 3mths ago
    4. Conductive Education on Canada’s West Coast 8 mths ago
    5. Mozgásfejlődés Tanácsadás Budapesten 1yr ago

  2. Thanks, Norman.

    As I wrote my tentative listing I was proceeding without any clear criteria in my head, so I am glad that you have challenged and corrected me over this.

    There is no clear reason why any of these should not fall into the CE- blogosphere category. I assume thy they are still all extant and suppose that the only reason that they did not come to my mind was that that they are not mutually referential like the dozen that I listed. All the more reason to include them:

    I suppose that I ought to wait for a couple of days to see whether anyone else writes in with more lost souls. Then I shall reblog on this topic, this time with perhaps seventeen blogs to analyse. Maybe more.

    Just a quick glance at your 'new' seven immediately shows up a further language (French, twice) and three further countries (Australia, France and Hungary). It also further shows the shows the versatility of the blog format as an adaptable free website for the specific purposes of small organisations (two examples).

    It reminds me too that the complete analysis should also include bloggers' sex.

    Meanwhile, any further offerings gratefully received.



    Whoops, I forgot to mention the Hungarian language. How could I!

    I have now added Norman's extras to the links in the left-hand column. There are a couple of glitches and perhaps someone might advise.

    They concern Becky Featherstone's 'My Bazilian Adventure' and Carson St P&C 'President's Blog'.

    They are both at or near the end of that listing on the left. For some reason Blogspot is not putting them higher up, in the appropriate date order. Is there something that I or their authors should be doing to get them better picked up?


  4. And here's anotherone: