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Präglas religionsundervisningen på waldorfskolan av antroposofi?: En kvalitativ studie om religionsundervisning på waldorfskolor präglas av antroposofi utifrån waldorflärares perspektiv
Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Waldorf pedagogy emerged from anthroposophy and has the same founder, Rudolf Steiner. Because of this, there are some researchers and public debaters who discuss how and in what ways Waldorf pedagogy is shaped by anthroposophy. When these sources suggest that Waldorf education is characterized by anthroposophy, one can wonder if the school subjects in Waldorf schools may also be characterized by anthroposophy. As a future teacher of religion, I would like to see if religious education (RE) at Waldorf schools is characterized by anthroposophy, partly because of my own interest and edification, and partly to elevate and give room for teachers of religion in Waldorf schools, since it has not happened before. This essay examines if RE in Waldorf schools is characterized by anthroposophy through looking at what kind of teaching materials are used in RE and if teachers of religion are anthroposophists. This essay is based on a qualitative method that focuses on interviews with seven teachers of religion in five different Waldorf schools in Stockholm. In view of the collected material, every respondent stated that RE could be shaped by an anthroposophical view of the human being if the teacher of religion chooses to use the curriculum of Waldorf schools. Whereas the curriculum is characterized by anthroposophy with its perspective on human development stages, RE in Waldorf schools could also be influenced by it if the teacher of religion chooses to use as a part of the education.

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2017. , p. 45
Keywords [en]
Religious Education, Waldorf pedagogy, Anthroposophy
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Religious Studies Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34539OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34539DiVA, id: diva2:1180202
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The Study of Religions
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2018-02-27 Created: 2018-02-05 Last updated: 2018-02-27Bibliographically approved

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