Pioneers: Steiner and Weikart

Written by: Estelle Martin
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

We take a look at the impact of two pioneers whose work continues to have a direct in uence on the education of young children: Rudolf Steiner and Dr David Weikart.

Key points

  • Steiner education promotes a style of learning where a child’s experiences follow the natural rhythms of life and where the learning environment reflects these rhythms
  • It is important to create a homely environment with resources that are made from natural materials, as much as possible; wooden blocks, rather than plastic
  • High/Scope has, at its centre, the belief that children gain confidence, initiative and a love of life-long learning when involved in activities of their own choosing that are supported by adults

Note: This article was first published in the June 2008 issue of eye

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