The purpose of this study is to describe the characteristics of Waldorf school movement in the US Midwest. For about six months, this case study was conducted at four different Waldorf schools and in a Waldorf teacher training center located in the Midwest of the USA. I informally interviewed and observed several Waldorf school teachers and teacher educators as well as parents who sent their children to the schools. I found four major characteristics of the current Waldorf school movement in the US Midwest. The Waldorf school movement is not religious, anti-intellectual, or limited to creativity, but focuses on individual students’ spiritual well-being and artistic practices with activities and curriculum inspired by Steiner’s Anthroposophy. The Waldorf school pedagogy and teacher training programs were also educational, collaborative, and artistic practices inspired by
Anthroposophy (e.g. using the threefold method such as spirit, soul, and body or willing, feeling, and thinking). Fine-Arts integrated pedagogy and practices for students at four different Waldorf schools and pre-service teachers of a Waldorf teacher training program highlight the significance of these aspects of Waldorf learning. This implies that educators need to investigate the Waldorf school movement in the US and over the world.
Waldorf school movement;fine arts integrated curriculum;anthroposophy;Rudolf Steiner Correspondin
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Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE)
Special Issue Deadline: January 15, 2016
Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE) is an official publication of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) that is dedicated to disseminating and supporting research in early childhood education within the Pacific area.
APJRECE is released three times a year in January, May, and September. In 2016, the second issue of Volume 10 will be a special issue. The topic for the special issue is “Power of Play in Young Children’s Growth and Learning”. The Guest Editor for the special issue is Dr. Wonyoung Rhee, Professor Emerita at Chung-Ang University, Korea.
We are seeking reports of current research on this topic, papers that address issues in the application of play research, and papers that review a specific research area of young children’s play and are especially informative about studies needed to fill knowledge gaps. The manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted online by January 15, 2016, following the guidelines described on the journal website. Please visit the homepage of Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (www.apjrece.com,www.pecerajournal.com), and you will find not only full details on aims and scope, editorial policy, and paper submission but the orange colored button, named Manuscript Management System of APJRECE, for paper submission.
We hope you will seriously consider APJRECE for your scholarship.