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Waldorf Schools and the History of Steiner Education

An International View of 100 Years

  • Thomas Stehlik
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Alternative Education book series (PSAE)

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Introduction

This book marks the centenary of the first Waldorf School, established by Rudolf Steiner in Stuttgart in 1919. With around 1,150 Waldorf Schools and over 1,800 Waldorf Kindergartens established in over 60 countries, this book examines and analyses how the initial impulse of Steiner education has grown over the last century to become a worldwide alternative movement in education. The author documents and compares the growth and development of Waldorf schools and Steiner-inspired educational institutions around the world, and determines the extent to which the original underpinning philosophy has been maintained against the contexts and challenges of contemporary global trends in education. Within such diverse international contexts, it is significant that the schools retain such a distinctive identity, and clearly redefine how ‘alternative education’ can be viewed. This comprehensive volume will be of interest and value to scholars of Steiner education and Waldorf schools as well as alternative education more widely. 

Keywords

Steiner Education Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Education International steiner education Child-led learning

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Stehlik
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of South AustraliaMagillAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-31631-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-31630-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-31631-0
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