Transitions in Childhood from Birth to 14 Years

Significance, Challenges and Consequences -- The Tasks for Educators and Teachers

Edited by Susan Howard and Philipp Reubke; Translated by Margot Saar

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An important collection of lectures from a 2015 conference at the Goetheanum, looking at key educational questions.

280 x 216 mm
WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America)
Parenting & Child Health
8 b/w and 9 colour illustrations
122 pages
Publication date:
23 Jan 2020


This book collects lectures given in 2015 at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. 550 people from 46 countries, including Waldorf educators, scholars, and professionals in a wide range of fields, came together to work on current educational questions with the goal of deepening our understanding of child and human development.

Claus-Peter Röh of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum summarised the mood at the end of the conference: 'We have tried, with great intensity and candour, to create a community of awareness around various areas of education. The desire to always keep the idea of a whole in mind while discerning the individual was clearly apparent . . . Now we stand before the challenge of further developing our collective work and newly gained insights into the future.'

Contributors include Florian Osswald, Ursula Flatters, Susan Weber, Elizabeth Hall, Clara Aerts, Reinoud Engelsman and Claus-Peter Röh.

These texts will serve as a basis for further study activity and can contribute to a greater collaborative activity in the Waldorf kindergarten and school movement.

Table of Contents

Transitions: The In-Between – Room for Play – Autonomy -- Florian Osswald
Transitions in Childhood: A Medical View of Crises and their Consequences in Later Life -- Ursula Flatters
Metamorphoses in the Development of the 'I' from Birth to Age Fourteen -- Susan Weber
Metamorphoses in the Development of the 'I' from Birth to Age Fourteen -- Elizabeth Hall
Together in the Stream of Life – Metamorphoses in the Adult's Inner Attitude in Relation to the Child -- Clara Aerts
Together in the Stream of Life – Metamorphoses in the Adult's Inner Attitude in Relation to the Child -- Reinoud Engelsman
Configuring Spaces – Shaping Time in Childhood – Building Developmental Bridges for the Future -- Claus-Peter Röh


Susan Howard is the WECAN Coordinator and a member of the Coordinating Group of the International Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Association (IASWECE). She directs the part-time early childhood training at Sunbridge Institute.

Philipp Reubke is European coordinator for IASWECE (the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education). He is based in France.

Margot M. Saar studied at the Universität des Saarlandes, at Open University, UK, and at Institut für Waldorfpädagogik Witten Annen, Germany. She is an experienced translator and interpreter in specialty fields (education, medicine, philosophy, anthroposophy, homeopathy, anthroposophic medicine, general science). She has been a foreign language teacher at Michael House School Derbyshire, UK, a teacher of foreign languages and philosophy, exam officer, and upper school mentor at Michael Hall School, East Sussex, and translator of technical manuals and legal contracts, international correspondence, office management at Hüls Troisdorf AG Witten Germany. Margot has translated numerous books for SteinerBooks, including Peter Selg's 7-volume biography of Rudolf Steiner.

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