Developing the artistry of the teacher in Steiner/Waldorf Education (Part I)


  • Peter Lutzker Freie Hochschule Stuttgart



Steiner/Waldorf teacher education, Teaching as an art, Arts in teacher education, pedagogical anthropology, Anthroposophy, holistic child development, Waldorf pedagogy, Pedagogical intuition


This article examines different concepts underlying Steiner/Waldorf teacher education and how they are put into practice. It explains how teaching understood as an art can be seen as a leitmotif going through an entire course of studies. It elucidates the central role which pedagogical anthropology plays in Steiner/Waldorf teacher education and the specific contribution of Rudolf Steiner’s understanding of Anthroposophy in this context. The prominent role which the study and practice of different arts plays in Steiner/Waldorf teacher education programs is explained and the reasons for the inclusion of artistic practice in teacher education are discussed. The understanding in Steiner/Waldorf teacher education programs of how teacher education is then transformed into a teacher’s classroom practice is examined including its role in providing a basis for a teacher’s pedagogical intuitions.

Author Biography

Peter Lutzker, Freie Hochschule Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Peter Lutzker studied Music and Literature in the United States and Germany. After first working as an orchestra musician, he then studied Steiner/Waldorf Education and became a high school teacher for Music and English in Waldorf Schools in Germany from 1986-2011. From 1991 on, he has been active as a teacher educator in different European countries including Germany, Hungary, Russia and England. Since 2010, he has been a Professor at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart (Waldorf Teachers College). In 2019 he was appointed an Honorary Professor at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He has written numerous articles and books in English and in German, including “Der Sprachsinn: Sprachwahrnehmung als Sinnesvorgang” 2nd ed. (2017), and the “The Art of Foreign Language Teaching: Improvisation and Drama in Language Learning and Teacher Education” 2nd ed. (2022).


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