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Rudolf Steiner's Curriculum for Steiner-Waldorf Schools

E. A. Karl Stockmeyer
Introduction by Kevin Avison
Translated by Roland Everett
July 2015
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    15th July 2015
  • ISBN 9781782501299
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 9.5"

“This volume is much more than a curriculum sketch for the first Waldorf school. It deciphers and provides context for the often-cryptic remarks Steiner made during seminars and discussions with staff from the opening of the Waldorf school in September 1919 until his last visits to the school in 1924.” — Kevin Avison (from his introduction)

This book thoroughly explores the curriculum of the first Waldorf school, expanding on the original Lehrplan. Divided into sections, the book outlines Steiner's comments on schools and lessons in general, as well as many details on his thinking on specific issues, ranging from the various age groups to classroom decoration and arrangement.

This is an important book for all Waldorf schoolteachers and gets to the heart of Steiner's ideas on education and child development.

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction to the Fifth English Edition by Kevin Avison
Introduction to the German Edition

Section I: School and Lessons in General

1. Different Phases in the Development of the Curriculum
2. Aims and Problems
3. About the Timetable

Section II: The Curriculum Arranged According to Subjects

4. German (the Mother Tongue)
5. Art, Aesthetics, and History of Art
6. Language Lessons
7. Shorthand
8. Mathematics
9. Home Surroundings
10. History
11. Geography
12. Surveying
13. Nature Study
14. Physics and Chemistry
15. Gardening
16. First Aid
17. Technology and Lessons Preparing for Life
18. Music
19. Eurythmy and Gymnastics
20. Painting, Modeling, Drawing
21. Handwork and Bookbinding
22. Handicrafts
23. Free Religion Lessons

Section III: Other Aspects

24. Quotations Relating to Different Age Groups
25. The Decoration of Classrooms
26. Quotations on Education and Anthroposophy


E. A. Karl Stockmeyer

E. A. Karl Stockmeyer (1886–1963) was (at the request of Emil Molt) one of the founding teachers of the first Waldorf school, established in Stuttgart. Beginning in 1918, he worked to develop original educational ideas based on Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom, as well as later impulses Steiner provided that could be implemented to rebuild the German educational system. Stockmeyer published several papers on the subject. After 1945, he helped establish the first Waldorf school in Freiburg. He was also responsible for the first systematic outline of the elementary school curriculum. In retirement, Stockmeyer continued to work on questions of epistemology and Waldorf pedagogy until his death in 1963.