Wednesday, 29 December 2010

'Conductive Education Instructor'

What is this?

This expression seems native and restricted North America – but how common is it? It has been around at least a year or so and was presumably coined in that attempt to find some appellation that might meet wider-spread ackowledgement.

Try it on Google. There seems quite about. Actually, though, much of the current hits are the results from the one mother's extraordinarily wide advertising campaign. For example –

We are seeking a live-in junior Conductive Education instructor. We have an adorable 6-year-old daughter who is making tremendous progress working with a senior Conductive Education Instructor from Hungary. Unfortunately, she lives far away and we can only see her once a week. We are looking for a junior instructor who is willing to learn from her and work with our daughter daily on our home, implementing independence strategies. We seek an energetic, smart, committed individual who wants to be cherished by our family in our amazing home. We are happy to fly this person to us if she does not reside in California. Individuals reply only; no agencies please.

I do not know how far extensively job-seeking conductors look on such sites. She also advertised through Conductive World Jobs.

By the way, I have long been interested in the terms 'senior conductor' and 'junior conductor'. I wonder what they mean.

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Blogger Susie Mallett said...

In my experience the terms junior and senior conductor have been used in advertisements placed by those seeking to employ conductors, rather than by the conductors themselves.

The terms have usually been used to indicate without actually stating it, the amount of money that is available for the position, or the experience required.

Conductors when applying for positions tend to state the year they graduated and the positions they have held since that date.

I received such a job searching email today, with no mention of senior or junior, just the graduation date.

I was given the title of senior conductor for the first time when I worked in Norway two years ago, and here it related only to my age and experience, my colleagues were newly qualified and twenty years younger than me.

I had never come across these terms before 2008.

It will be interesting to hear if anyone else knows where they originate from and who defines what they mean.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010 at 20:35:00 GMT  
Blogger Andrew Sutton said...

No, the appelation has been around for somewhat longer than this, and the term has been appropriated by some conductors themselves.

As a rough check I entered "senior conductor" into Google, and immediately found myself back in ther railways!

Combine it with "conductive education"...


Thursday, 30 December 2010 at 01:23:00 GMT  

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