This publication presents parents, teachers, and educational policy-makers with an account of history instruction in Waldorf schools. The introduction outlines the theoretical content of the Waldorf School movement, the school’s emphasis on creating a unity of experience, and the evolution of history instruction through the elementary grade curriculum.
- Chapter 1, outlines the dual task of teaching history: the horizontal surface approach (geography) and the consideration of the changing consciousness of humankind as experienced in the cultures of the past (history)
- Chapter 2, the scope and sequence of geography instruction is presented: local environment and geography and economics in the intermediate grades, cultural geography in the middle grades, geography and spiritual outlook and geography and law in the high school grades.
- Chapter 3, rationales for and treatment of the history of civilization and culture are presented. Theoretical concepts, strategies, and resources for teaching about Egypt, India, Mesopotamia, and Greece are discussed.
- Chapter 4, Waldorf pedagogy comprises the focus.
- Chapters 5 – 8, outline the Waldorf method, resources, and grade level sequence for teaching Western civilization from Rome through modern Europe. European religious and cultural history is emphasized.
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