Waldorf Pedagogy and Anthroposophical Resources

Resources for self-learning in waldorf pedagogy and anthroposophy:

The following readings give you the overall notion of what is waldorf pedagogics about.

  • Books from Rufolf Steiner about Pedagogics and Teaching (GA 293-311):

– GA 293 Common Anthropology
– GA 294 Educational Art – Methodic-Didactic
– GA 295 Educational Art. Seminar Discussions and Curriculum Lectures
– GA 296 The Educational Question as a Social Question
– GA 297 Idea and Practice of the Waldorf School
– GA 297a Education for Life
– GA 298 Rudolf Steiner at the Waldorf School
– GA 299 Observation of the Language from Humanitarian Point of View
– GA 300a Conferences with the Teachers I
– GA 300b Conferences with the Teachers II
– GA 300c Conferences with the Teachers III
– GA 301 The Renewal of the Pedagogic-Didactic Art by the Humanities
– GA 302 Human Insights and Organization of the Classes
– GA 302a Pedagogics and Teaching as a Human Insight
– GA 303 The Healthy Development of the Human Being
– GA 304 Pedagogics and Teaching Methods on the Anthroposophic Base
– GA 304a Anthroposophic Anthropology and Pedagogics
– GA 305 The Spiritual-Psychic Base-Forces of the Pedagogic Art
– GA 306 The Pedagogic Practice from the View Point of Humanitarian Human Insight
– GA 307 Modern Spiritual Life and Pedagogics
– GA 308 The Methodology of Teaching and the General Living Conditions of Pedagogics
– GA 309 Anthroposophic Pedagogics and Its Requirements
– GA 310 The Pedagogical Value of the Human Insight and the Cultural Value of the Pedagogics
– GA 311 The Art of Pedagogics from the Determination of the Human Being
– Waldorf School Today, Peter Loebell

The following readings are very important for mathematics and natural science teachers.

  • Books from Rufolf Steiner about Natural Sciences (GA 320-327):

– GA 320 I. Course in Natural Sciences – Heat
– GA 321 II. Course in Natural Sciences – Heat
– GA 322 Boundaries of the Nature Insight and How to Overcome Them
– GA 323 III. Course in Natural Sciences
– GA 324 Nature Observation, Experiments, Mathematics and the Insight Steps of the Spirit Research
– GA 324a The Forth Dimension – Mathematics and Reality
– GA 325 Natural Sciences and the Historical Development of Humanity since Antiquity
– GA 326 The Genesis of the Natural Sciences and Their Development
– GA 327 The Humanitarian Foundations for Thriving of Agriculture
– Rudolf Steiner about Mathematics 1 and 2

The following readings are important for mathematics and natural science teacher who want to obtain an in-depth understanding of phenomenology and the future way of doing science. There are many books in this area. Here there are only some good examples worth to read.

  • Goethe’s Colour Theory and Books about the Science Mathodology of Goethe:

– Goethe’s Colour Theory – Didactic Part with Notes from Rudolf Steiner
– Goethe’s Natural Science Methodology, Henri Bortoft
– Goethean Science, Rudolf Steiner GA 1
– The Story of My Life, Rudolf Steiner GA 28

The following readings are of special interest for mathematics and physics teachers. I highly recommend the books of those anthroposophic scientists and experienced teachers who worked in and after the time of Rudolf Steiner.

  • Books from Hermann von Baravalle:

– Physics as a Pure Phenomenology Part I – Mechanics, Motions, Forces, Solids, Fluids and Gases
– Physics as a Pure Phenomenology Part II – Heat and Cold; Magnetism and Electricity
– Physics as a Pure Phenomenology Part III – Acoustics and Optics
– Geometry and Body Motion
– Descriptive Geometry according to the Dynamic Method
– Geometry as a Language of the Forms
– Appearance on the Night Sky
– Perspective
– The Geometry of the Pentagramm and the Golden Ratio

  • Books from Ernst Bindel:

– Number Foundations of Music through the Ages
– Johannes Kepler
– Logarithms for Everyone
– Cone Intersections
– The Egypt Pyramids as Witnesses of the Old Mystery World
– The Spiritual Foundations of Numbers
– Pythagoras

I will recommend the following reading for the overall understanding of anthroposophy and natural sciences. These are very good for people who have the vision to unity all sciences in a single world science.

  • Books from Walther Bühler:

– The Pentagramm and the Golden Ratio as Creation Principles
– Meditation as a Insight Way
– Polar Lights, Lightning and Rainbow
– The Dimension of the Rainbow
– The Human Being between Over- and Under- Nature
– The Sun as a World Heart

  • Other Natural Science Books:

– The Four Elements, Georg Kniebe
– The Light Catcher, Arthur Zajonc
– The Nature of Water, Viktor Schauberger
– Astronomy, Cosmology, Evolution, Thomas Schmidt
– The Brightness from Kopenhagen, Jos Verhulst
– The new physics and cosmology, Dialogues with Dalai Lama, Arthur Zajonc
– Halos, Rainbows, Twilight, Johannes Kühl
– The Mystery of the Number, Dieter Buchholz
– The Human Face, Max Picard
– Insight of the Spirit on the Matter, Martin Basfeld
– What is time, Georg Kniebe

  • Especially important for biology are the books and articles from Wolfgang Schad and Markus Sommer:

– Medical Plants, Marcus Sommer
– General Biology, Wolfgang Schad
– Botany, Wolfgang Schad
– Zoology, Wolfgang Schad
– Anthropology, Wolfgang Schad
– Ecology, Wolfgang Schad
– Prenatal Life of Humans, Wolfgang Schad
– Goethe’s World Culture, Wolfgang Schad
– Mammals and Humans, Wolfgang Schad
– Evolution as an Understanding Principle, Wolfgang Schad
– Humans and Landscapes of Africa, Wolfgang Schad
– The Sexuality of Humans, Wolfgang Schad

  • Also following the German anthroposophic and waldorf magazines:

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There are also some new books in german about science in waldorf education from Waldorf Book, but I can’t really recommend them. Interesting books about anthroposophy can be found in Verlag Freies Geistesleben.