Júlia Dévai

Two new publications on Conductive Education

The postman has been busy this week pushing parcels through my letterbox and I have been very pleased to receive copies of two new publications on Conductive Education for Conduction’s library.
The first is the proceedings of the Pető und Inklusion Kongress held  9-10 March 2012 in Rosenheim, Germany. This is a wonderful, colourful production including a detailed list of presentations, the presentations made, plus pictures of those presenting and those taking part in the podium discussions. A very good record of the event for future reference.

Referencing this has been quite difficult as the authors/editors are not clear, but the following should enable you to track it down or contact info@fortschritt-rosenheim.de
Fortschritt Rosenheim e.V and Bundesverband der Koduktoren e.V (2012) Pető und Inklusion Kongress Rosenheim: dokumentation zum Kongress. Rosenheim: Fortschritt Rosenheime.V

An online version of the proceedings is also available athttp://www.petoe-und-inklusion.de/pdfs/kongress_dokumentation_2012_06_10.pdf

The second is a chapter in a book produced by the Bliss Foundation in Hungary. This chapter relates Dévai Júlia’s experiences of working with Pető from 1947 to 1952 when his system was getting started and the Institute being established. An edited and annotated English version  of this will appear in  András Pető, the next publication of Conductive Education Press  – due out very soon.

Copies of this book can be obtained from the Bliss Foundation

Dévai, Júlia (2012) Egyszer volt, s ma is van: a sokarcú Pető – A konduktív nevelés kezdetei. In Kálmán, Z., ed. Negyedszázad a kommunikáció bűvöletében. Budapest: Bliss Alapítvány, pp.73-101.

Having two items published almost at the same time is unusual in Conductive Education and whilst increasing the number of things in Conduction’s Library they also contribute to the growing number of publications on Conductive Education generally.

It is interesting to note that both of these have been ‘self published’, that is not produced by a recognised ‘official’ publisher  and is no doubt a sign of the current financial times.
Let’s hope we can look forward to more appearing in 2012.


New publication, new information about Conductive Education

In 2011 Conductive Education Press decided to publish a book about András Pető. As the project has grown this has taken longer than originally expected but we will be be going to press very soon now.
We have been very fortunate in enjoying wonderful co-operation of Júlia Dévai and her family. Júlia has already given several reports elsewhere on working with András Pető:

Dr. Júlia Dévai (1997) The first years with Andras Peto: The birth of conductive education. Ontario March of Dimes, 1–8

Júlia Dévai (1998) Working with Andras Peto at the beginnings. ISAAC Israel, 14. 32–33

Júlia Dévai  (1998) De første årene med András Pető: Fødselen til dirigert; pedagogikk. CP Bladet, 44/1. 6–10

Júlia Dévai (1999) The first years with Andras Peto: The birth of conductive education. Conductive Education News, 14/3

Now, nearly one-hundred years old, Júlia has written a fuller account A shortened version of this is published this week in another collection, in Hungarian:

Dr. Kálmán Zsófia ed. (2012) Negyedszázada kommunikáció bűvöletében; Ünnepi kiadvány a Bliss Alapítvány fennállásának 25. évfordulója tiszteletére. Budapest: Bliss Alapítvány

ISBN 978-0-9569948-4-4

This paper reports her memories of working with Pető from 1948-1952 and is a very interesting read indeed. It can be found on pp.73-101 and is entitled:

‘Egyszer volt, s ma is van: a sokarcú Pető – A konduktív nevelés kezdetei’

The full version will be published, in English and with extensive annotation, as part of the book András Pető that is soon to be published by Conductive Education Press.
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The book András Pető will inaugurate a new series from Conductive Education Press, ‘Pető Studies’. The already established series ‘Library of Conductive Education’ will continue alongside this, dealing with contemporary themes.