Saturday, 19 June 2010

Distance training

Possible future option for Conductive Education?

Over the course of April a short sequence of items on Conductive World drew attention how the once single profession of nursing is beginning to broaden, both 'upwards' and 'downwards', to create differing strata of professional competence and autonomy. There are possible lessons here, it was suggested, for future development of the 'profession' of conductor:

http://www.conductive-world.info/2010/03/feldshers-barefoot-conductors.html
http://www.conductive-world.info/2010/04/assistant-practitioners.html
Unbenown at the time, a feature in the Guardian newspaper pointed to another area of nursing's professional activity that might hold heuristic value for those considering the possible future direction of professional training in Conductive Education – at whatever level of professional autonomy this might be pitched.

Louise Tickle's article described how in remote areas of the British Isles it is now possible to undergo nursing training, through distance learning in combination with a judicious mix of practical placements.

In the British Isles we hardly know what the word 'distance' means! This article cites as examples Jersey in the Channel Islands and the Mull of Kintyre on the west coastof Scotland (yes, the latter is not just a dire drone, there really is such a place).

Let us assume that Conductive Education emerges from the current vale of economic tears in a fit state again to take up the task of preparing people to provide professional services for individuals, families and institutions. The dazzling variety of such services, at whatever professional level, in perhaps ever more outlying locations, will likely need to be matched by an appropriate range of innovative training progtammes.

Does the account of 'distance' nursing-education provided here strike any chords, in respect both of the basic geographical conundrum and the feasibility of adapting nursing's response to this to Conductive Education's possible future needs for training and educating conductive practitioners?

Reference

Tickle, L. (2010) Distance learning provided training for would-be nurses in remote regions, Guardian, 20 April

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