Thursday, 9 September 2010

Germans get there first

First CE e-book already out

At the recent strategy meeting for Conductive Education Press, we sniffed the technological and economic wind, and cautiously cautiously concluded that we should have to turn our minds to on-line publication – to e-books:

We are in no hurry, there is no business plan to be served and our market is hardly yapping at our heels. So all that we concluded on Thursday was that e-publishing is bound to come, quicker probably than we and our market currently foresee, and that shall keep the technology and the economics under review, so as to be ready when it does. Things might look rather different in a year's time, and we had better be ready.

How bold!

That was 17 August. Yesterday I picked up a URL/reference on Susie Mallet's long posting about András Pető's two 'healing' books:

This, I saw, was to a CE e-book, already published, in Germany, the country that for the last few years has been the world's major source of academic/professional publication on Conductive Education , at least as measured in terms of actual books published (never mind the quality, feel the width). Here in the UK (and the rest of the English-speaking world... well, too few resources and perhaps too much caution!

Janousek, N. (20??)
Das Konzept der Konduktiven Förderung
nach András Petö
Verlag Grin
6,99 EUR (E-Book), 11,99 EUR (Buch)

Truth to tell, I am not altogether sure that this really is 'a book'. I do not know enough of German ways really to understand what is going on here.

The author, Nadine Janousek, is described as a Pädagogin ('schoolteacher') and her institution is given as the Johannes Gutenberg University, in Mainz. The publication is dated 2007, yet the publishers flag it as Neu. It is only nineteen pages in length. The publishers categorise it as Hauptseminararbeit – I have no idea what this actually implies – and provide the following abstract:

Zusammenfassung / Abstract. Die Arbeit befasst sich mit dem Konzept der Konduktiven Förderung nach András Petö. Dieses Konzept ist eine Methode, um Kinder und Erwachsene mit einer cerebralen Bewegungsstörung gezielt zu fördern und zur Selbstständigkeit anzuleiten. Die Konduktive Förderung wird von (Sonder-) Pädagogen und Medizinern teilweise befürwortet, teilweise ist diese sehr umstritten. Dennoch liefert eine Beschäftigung mit eben diesem Thema wichtige Einblicke in die Vielfalt der (pädagogischen) Konzepte für Menschen mit Behinderung, deren Grenzen und zeigt die Notwendigkeit eines Dialoges in der Pädagogik bezüglich dieses Therapiekonzeptes auf. Es ergibt sich die Fragestellung, ob die Konduktive Förderung als eine pädagogisch vertretbare Form der Therapie, anerkannt werden kann.

The book's first five pages are available free on line:

Mustn't rush to judgement from a quarter of the publication (I have a copy ordered and on its way) but so far... oh dear. I see from the contents that two pages, some ten percent of the whole, are devoted to:

Die fünf Prinzipien der Konduktiven Förderung

We live in hope.

I see that Fr. Janousek has three other booklets available in the same series. Who or what, I wonder, are they for?


  1. In Germany over the past few years the structure of all university degree courses has been changing to bring qualifications in line with the rest of the world. Most of the students I have spoken to in Bavaria have not been happy with these changes. They feel the value of their qualifications has been lowered! Bavaria is known for having the toughest education system of all the German states and the top students enjoy this status.

    Most University students now receive a BA or a BSc, and just about all follow this with a Master's degree.This is what they feel brings them up to the past level of a first degree.

    Some go on to gain a PhD.

    The Hauptseminar is the Master Seminar, and therefore the Hauptseminararbeit is the paper that students submit for their Master's degree.

    You will know what this is called in English better than I do. I think it is a dissertation?

  2. Thanks for that, it's interesting.

    Certainly, what I saw of the first few pages did rather look like student's work, but how could it be that this lady seems to have done more than one of these through Grin?Might they be more what in the UK are are now called assignments, or coursework, or separate chapters of a larger dissertation? And why would they merit publication?

    None of this matters, except that this little booklet might offer an apparently simple and inexpensive vade mecum for people looking to learn more about CE... I look forward to getting my full copy.


  3. I think you might be right suggesting that this is one of the assignments from a Master's course, or she has published the chapters of her dissertaion in separate books.

    I am still waiting to gather more information from someone in our office in Germany where I think there is a copy of the book.

    As for publishing it. I think that as it is so easy to publish on the internet these days the author probably realised thare is market for it.Doing her own research was I expect enough to make her realise how little there is available on Konduktive Förderung.