Thursday, 29 November 2012


'Exploring science – the miracle within'
30 November and 1 December

Starting tomorrow: a two-day intellectual feast for staff and students at the Pető Institute:


First, plenary sessions

Day 1 kicks off with a good helping of plenary sessions, mostly external speakers:
  • Natural pedagogy in infants – Prof. György Gergely, Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University
  • Ischaemic stroke: successes and challenges – Prof. László Chiba, Department of Neurology, University of Debrecen
  • What was new in neurorehabilitation at the Seventh Neurorehabilitation World Congress, in Melbourne – Miklós Fehér, International András Pető Nonprofit Ltd and Zsófia Nádasi, MPANNI
  • Perspectives on evidence-based conductive pedagogy, György Polyvás, MPANNI
  • European Conductive Association, European Partnerships, European activities – Bettina Tautscher Fak, KFI, ECA
  • Information on the 8th Conductive Education World Congress – Beate Höss Zenker, Phoenix, Munich
Interesting for Kremlin-watchers is a rare mention of the International András Pető Nonprofit Ltd (Nemzetközi Pető András Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft.)

Then, parallel sessions
There follow three streams of parallel sessions (translation provided)

A. Inclusion and integration
  • Individual assistance in the classroom – Angelika Speck-Hamdan, Ludwig-Maximilans University, Munich
  • Didactic and methodological ideas: further development of conductive upbringing, education, in relation to inclusive education and dysfunction – Prof. Karin Weber, University of Siegen
  • Integration efforts: past and present efforts of the Peto Institute kindergarten -Julia Horvath Dezsõné and Ildikó Mikla Huszárné, MPANNI
  • Reverse integration in the conductive upbringing system for elementary school children – Marianna Mühl Vajdáné, MPANNI
B. Competences required by conductors and managers in the international arena
  • Approaching the conductive method through comparative management. Case Study: privatization of medical services – Prof. Rolf Rickmeyer, MBA
  • The interpretation of disability and the human body in Islamic Arab countries – Emese Berzsenyi, religious historian
  • The conductor's job description: knowledge-brokering, external action, professional identity – Krisztina Desits, German Conductors' Association and, Mariann Oberszt Stelczerné, Phoenix, Munich
C. Special education and conductive upbringing: common application
  • Inclusion – a challenge for special education and for conductive upbringing – Prof. Dieter Lotz, Director, Evangelische Fachhochschule, Nurember
  • Integrated approach of conductive education – Monika Gruber, MPANNI
  • Dysfunction and GMP – Esther Szuhaj, MPANNI
What a lot of professors, German ones at that. Mostly in town anyway for planning meeting of 8th World Congress.


Day 2 is a wholly domestic meeting, provided by staff and students at Pető Institute. Results and awards for student research competition. Again, parallel sessions

A. Peto Institute student research in the TDT competition. Results and awards. Includes one eternal presentation:
  • Workshop: research, in the service of practice – Daniel Fabó, National Institute of Neuroscience 
Plus six presentations by fourth-year students:
  • A vers fejlesztő hatásának vizsgálata sajátos nevelési igényű óvodás korúak körében. A vers hatása a fonológiai tudatosságra – Zsuzsa Czirják (fourth year)
  • Integrált testnevelés-összehasonlító elemzése – Krisztina Kántor (fourth year)
  • Terápiás hatás fogalmának vizsgálata vizuális alkotótevékenységhez kapcsolódóan – Andrea Sonn (fourth year)
  • Szabadidős integrációs programok lelki hatásai – Viktória Tormássy (finished this year)
  • Az élménysport szerepe a habilitációs, rehabilitációs folyamatban mozgássérültek körében – Vanda Wölfel (finished this year)
  • Alvászavarok cerebrál paretikus gyermekeknél – Lilla Zeke, Renáta Tófalvi (fourth year)
Abstracts for all six of these presentations are published here:

Very good show, that, a model for others.
B. Discovering science in everyday conductive pedagogy

Short presentations by conductors:
Specifics of conductors' working abroad
Tromsø, Norway – Eszter Darócz
Malmö, Sweden – Kinga Szabó, Dóra Kádár
London, United Kingdom – Gabriella Czifra
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Zsófia Nádasi

Innovations in the practice of conductive upbringing
The beneficial effect of Wii – Zsuzsanna Szilárd Sáringerné
Chess group in kindergarten course – Csilla Tombor
Traditions in the kindergarten – Papik Erzsébet
Life skills program in international course – Krisztina Perge
Innovations in the practice of conductive upbringing
Inclusive upbringing at Butterfly kindergarten, Budapest – Alexandra Major-Bácskai Presentation of the Pfaffenrot manual technique and its possible applications in conductive pedagogy – Timea Bősenbacher
RehabEsésTan (Dobrotka method) – Beáta Popol
Some fascinating titles, not least for people outside Hungary. Would that one might hope that some at least could be published for wider interst and benefit.

Programme organised by Zsófia Nádasi and Renáta Földesi


I can only help so far:
  • MMPANI is the Pető Institute.
  • KFI has me beat
  • ECA European Conductive Association
  • GMP also has me beat
  • TDT is the Nationwide Student Acasemic Council
Outsider's view
The two day look a most meaty and varied intellectual feast, one that no other institution within the world of Conductive Education could hoste. A report from a similar event last year went on line in English. It sounded a most jolly and enjoyable affair:

It would be nice to hope for a report from somebody on this year's. We live in hope. (This is a shortened verion of an old, English adage. The complete expression is 'We live in hope, and die in despair'.)

I did my best with the translation. Apologies where I have got it wrong. Corrections or improvements would be most welcome. I live in hope here too...

Read the complete programme of the 2012 event (Hungarian only) at:

A complaint

It is a shame that this event was not publicised for the benefit of those who could have gone. Such a common story in CE. Nobody knows about anything. Hardly surprising, if nobody tells. Yes, there was a brief notice a couple of weeks ago on the PAI's website, in Hungarian of course, but there are quite a few Hungarian-speakers who might like to have gone, but the complete programme did not appear on line till earlier this week. Poor show.

Perhaps some of the presentations will be published. Hope springs eternal.

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