Monday, 24 July 2017


Something else from abroad

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The forthcoming incorporation of what is now the PAF (the András Pető College) into the Semmelweis Medical University has prompted attention once again to the fact that 'the Pető method' is not the only approach and not the only service for motor-disordered children developed in Hungary:

Attempts over the years have been made to direct attention to the existence of others. This weekend I have been reminded of this very short item:

There were a few such items in the nineteen-eighties and nineteen-nineties They hail from another era. With the subsequent withdrawal of official and academic interest in special pedagogy in favour of 'special needs' in the United Kingdom, and in much of the rest of English-speaking world, there has been decreasing prospect of further international interest in this topic. 

To put it bluntly, despite all those years in European Union, the United Kingdom still does not want to learn from what they do abroad if this looks likes being radically different. 


Alston, J. (1987) Educating physically handicapped children in Hungary: not just Conductive Education, European Journal of Special Needs Education, Vol. 2, no 3, p. 208

Alston. J. (1989) Special education in Hungary: patterns of professional development, programmes for physically handicapped children, and new directions of professional concern and research, European Journal of Special Needs Education, Vol. 4, no 1, pp. 5-

Gee, A. M. (1990) Mexikói út – a special school in Hungary, European Journal of Special Needs Education, Vol. 5, no 3, pp. 5-

Sutton, A. (1986) Social-historical context, in P. J. Cottam and A. Sutton (eds) Conductive Education: a system for overcoming motor disorders, London, Croom Helm, pp. 3-26

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