Doing a project? New book available to help

 I have found out about a new book for those doing a research project . This is A Beginner’s Guide to Doing Your Education Research Projectby Mike Lambert and more can be found out about the book and its author at

I know students can sometimes struggle with doing this part of their course and it can be quite intimidating. In this book all aspects of doing a research project are covered by  simple explanations and helpful suggestions. Planning, doing, writing up, choosing the subject, completing the literature review, for example are all covered.

If I was still working in an academic library I would be suggesting this to students to borrow – or even buy.

More can be found out about the book and its author at

Interesting News for the CE World

I received an email today telling me about an interesting development in Conductive Education. I have reproduced it here rather than re -write it and suggest you click on the links for further information. It could become a very useful and interesting contact for all those interested in Conductive Education.

I shall certainly follow it with interest.

I am writing to notify you of the March 31, 2009 launch of The Conductive Education Communications Center (CECC) at

The CECC will be a website portal and communications center specifically designed, published and under operation for the national Conductive Education community.

In speaking with many of you, it became clear there was a need for
such a communications portal to show and share videos, articles and other
information. The CECC will offer that. Additionally, it will have a discussion
forum so that experts, parents, instructors and others can meet and talk with
each other online, at any time. There will be webinars by experts, a tool box of
helpful documents and forms, a blog, petition support center to lobby your
educators and legislators, grant information, directories of centers and
services and more. Parents, educators, the media and anyone with an interest in
Conductive Education will find the information they need here.

After spending the past two years learning and experiencing many
of the challenges the Conductive Education community and movement has faced, it
became increasingly important to use my almost 20 years in public relations,
marketing and interactive/website communications towards this effort. I have had
the great pleasure to work closely with Sixten’s Foundation, Inc. near Washington, D.C. and the honor of assisting that group with successfully executing what is one of the first Conductive Education pilot programs within a public school system in the United States.

Please take a few moments to review some of the exciting components of this coming website at the temporary site at

It will be officially launched, in its entirety, on March 31, 2009, but I am taking this
opportunity to inform those of you whom I may have met or with whom I have
spoken or corresponded in the recent past.

At the end of this month, the launch will be supported by a national public relations and search
engine optimization campaign, and a limited number of sponsorship and
advertising opportunities are available for interested businesses, centers and
other service providers. Just visit the “Sponsorship and Advertising on” at

Please e-mail or call me if you have any questions or suggestions. We look forward to serving the Conductive Education community.


Mike Szimanski
Education Communications Center

Where are all the Conductive Education projects ?

Yesterday whilst searching the Internet I found something interesting that I had not been looking for, as often happens! This was a dissertation by a Brazilian, at do Vale do Itajai University, which I was unable to print off as that facility had been blocked. I do not know why. Andrew has posted a blog about this work at

It made me think that there must be more projects, studies, dissertations, theses, out there on Conductive Education that I do not know about and do not have copies of in the library. There is a growing collection of such material in the library, regularly added to by the student conductors on the undergraduate course run here in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton. Their final year dissertations have covered a wide variety of topics connected with Conductive Education over the past ten years and would provide a good base for anyone wishing to follow up on their initial investigations. I have a list of titles if anyone is interested in finding out what has been done. Two of these (by Hilary Nelson and Ben Foulger) have been reported as articles in Recent Advances in Conductive Education, the Foundation for Conductive Education’s journal.

Such studies must be happening all over the world now and I would love to have copies of as many as possible in the library along with information, papers, reports of any other research, investigations etc carried out by centres or health professionals.

If you know of or have completed such a piece of work, in any language, please do get in touch and let me know so I can obtain a copy if possible. Authorship can remain annonymous ( as has happened occasionally in the past) if wished.

I would also like to know of any on-going projects, any projects not started or not completed for any reason, (for example lack of funds) – all useful, interesting information to get a full picture of Conductive Education research worldwide.