Developing the artistry of the teacher in Steiner/Waldorf Education (Part I)
Department of German, University College Cork
This article examines different concepts underlying Steiner/Waldorf teacher education and how they are put into practice. It explains how teaching understood as an art can be seen as a leitmotif going through an entire course of studies. It elucidates the central role which pedagogical anthropology plays in Steiner/Waldorf teacher education and the specific contribution of Rudolf Steiner’s understanding of Anthroposophy in this context. The prominent role which the study and practice of different arts plays in Steiner/Waldorf teacher education programs is explained and the reasons for the inclusion of artistic practice in teacher education are discussed. The understanding in Steiner/Waldorf teacher education programs of how teacher education is then transformed into a teacher’s classroom practice is examined including its role in providing a basis for a teacher’s pedagogical intuitions.
Steiner/Waldorf teacher education , Teaching as an art , Arts in teacher education , Pedagogical anthropology , Anthroposophy , Holistic child development , Waldorf pedagogy , Pedagogical intuition
Lutzker, P. (2022) 'Developing the artistry of the teacher in Steiner/Waldorf Education (Part I)', Scenario: A Journal for Performative Teaching, Learning, Research, 16(1), pp. 56-67. doi: 10.33178/scenario.16.1.4