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Waldorf Pedagogy

Pedagogical concept born from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, its main theoretical and ideological reference. Rudolf Steiner is the creator of anthroposophist current spiritual and esoteric movement of pseudoscientific character. It is divided into three main areas: intellectual, artistic and discipline. It is in the last one, the disciplinary movement, where Waldorf education falls. To understand the philosophy of Steiner and Waldrof pedagogy, we must take into account their personal and intellectual journey that refers signs of very specific identity. In short, the interpretation Steiner makes philosophy and pedagogy understandable with the following quote: "However, while the starting point is material, mental and spiritual vision of man, anthroposophy is also a path of knowledge in order to achieve higher states of consciousness starting to awaken sleeping powers and organs in every human being" (Steiner, 1996: 15) Waldorf education seeks a change of approach in the relationship between the game and teaching-learning process. The starting point of this approach should start from the importance that the game has as a natural human activity. Thus, the curriculum must be the one fold before the game and it’s not the latter that has to be reformulated in terms of the former. It calls for an education that suits the soul qualities of the person that are changing. According to Steiner himself, all teaching should be aware that the soul forces affect the physical body. According to the anthroposophist orientation of Waldorf education, education should be structured in sevens divided into three stages: from 0 to 7; 7 to 14 and 14 to 21 years old.