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Meeting the child in Steiner kindergartens : an exploration of beliefs, values, and practices

Author: Rod Parker-Rees
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Steiner schools have helped carry the flag of liberal, creative, humanistic education through these dark ages and can now act as a beacon. Professor Peter Woods, formerly of the Open University. Contributors to this accessible book will show how Steiner kindergarten practice can offer an understanding of observation and assessment which is strikingly different from approaches found in many nursery and reception
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Meeting the child in Steiner kindergartens.
New York, NY : Routledge, 2011
(DLC) 2010050295
(OCoLC)659750835
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rod Parker-Rees
ISBN: 9780203818022 0203818024
OCLC Number: 727062059
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 1. Introduction: ways of knowing children --
2. Looking inside the kindergarten: the apple press --
3. Mixed age structure, the family model and the developing child --
4. How the Steiner kindergarten environment helps adults and children to get to know each other --
5. Imagination in Steiner Kindergartens: practices and potential purposes --
6. Doing is learning: the domestic arts and artistic activities --
7. Carolyn's voice --
8. The work of the teacher: key themes and absences --
9. Reading the book of the child: the Steiner teacher's inner work and its relationship to child observation --
10. 'Hello, Billy the gnome!' When life is not weighed or scored.
Responsibility: [edited by] Rod Parker-Rees.

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"Steiner schools have helped carry the flag of liberal, creative, humanistic education through these dark ages and can now act as a beacon. Professor Peter Woods, formerly of the Open University. Contributors to this accessible book will show how Steiner kindergarten practice can offer an understanding of observation and assessment which is strikingly different from approaches found in many nursery and reception classes, and yet it's this understanding that can encourage deep reflection on practitioners' and students' values and principles. Drawing on their extensive research in the field, the contributors, who include experienced Steiner educators and early childhood experts from other traditions, have worked together to explore and understand what is distinctive about Steiner kindergarten practice. Whilst observation and assessment are not the appropriate terms to describe the more relaxed, intuitive and trusting ways in which Steiner teachers aim to meet with children, the researchers used these techniques to present and explore the variety of perspectives on Steiner kindergarten practice. Key aspects of the Steiner philosophy, such as caring for the physical environment, respecting the rhythms and routines in what children do, and creating an environment that allows teachers and children to properly get to know each other are explored. In these chapters, readers will meet with aspects of the Steiner philosophy which will help to inform and expand on their own practice as early years professionals"--Provided by publisher.

"What can early years practitioners learn from Steiner kindergartens? What is distinctive about Steiner kindergarten teachers' ways of getting to know children? As demands for accountability in early years settings continue to grow, external pressure to assess children and to measure their progress can disrupt the development of informal and intimate relationships between teachers and children. The contributors to this book, who include both experienced Steiner educators and early childhood experts from other backgrounds, have worked together to explore and understand what is distinctive about Steiner kindergarten practice. They present a variety of perspectives on the ways in which kindergarten teachers' practices, values and beliefs can help children to find and construct their own identities, through play and through engagement in the life of their community. The authors explore key aspects of Steiner kindergarten practice, including caring for the physical environment, establishing rhythms and routines for children's activity, and providing times and spaces in which teachers and children can get to know each other. By meeting with children and teachers, through rich accounts of day to day life in kindergartens and through accounts of the values and principles which inform their practice, readers will be encouraged to question and reflect on their own approaches to observation and assessment"--Provided by publisher.

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