Philosophy and practice of integrative education
A postgraduate programme for upper school and middle school Waldorf teachers
This qualifying teacher education course came about in response to an emerging need for teacher education and development for those engaged in upper school Steiner Waldorf schools. The course is currently taught to teachers from England, Scotland, Ireland, Finland and Denmark. It is recognised by the Ministry of Education in Denmark as the mandatory qualifying teacher education course for those teaching 14-19 year olds in Steiner schools. On the back of the successful launch in January 2018, we are keen to do what we can to meet national needs. What follows is an outline of the new structure that we will implement as of January 2019. The new structure enables teachers to attend the two main modules of the programme as stand-alone programmes. This is so that schools and individuals have the option to use the programme in a more flexible way to address their specific needs.
Core philosophy and aims
The main aim of this programme to inspire teachers to enliven and evolve their teaching practice within the context of their place of work. The programme has two main areas of focus: On the one hand students develop skills in the practical craft of teaching, such as student centred assessment, giving effective feedback, carrying out observations and developing classroom leadership skills. On the other hand, students engage in a more philosophical and personal inquiry into the deeper aims and intentions of education. Here the central questions are what is a human being, what is ‘good’ education, and what should education really serve? As part of this second line of inquiry, students learn about Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogical and human developmental view of the human being. They also learn about the basic principles of Waldorf education and are invited to explore in a practical and applied way how these principles can be used to inform and develop their own practice. The course aims to give students the theoretical, practical and collegial support to question and challenge their own habits and assumptions and to take on the demanding task of becoming a better teacher. The rationale here is that the best teachers are ultimately those who are themselves on a journey of deep reflection, learning and personal transformation.
PPIE contains four modules, which are as follows:
Module 1: Teaching and Learning in the Context of Integrative Education
In this module, students learn about contemporary approaches to teaching and learning, including transdisciplinary, integrative, enquiry-based and dialogic learning. Students also learn about the principles of classroom leadership and how to develop collegial working in a teaching faculty.
Module 2: Philosophy and Practice of Steiner Waldorf Education
In this module, students explore key aspects of Steiner’s philosophical and developmental picture of the human being. They also learn about some of the core principles of Waldorf education and how to work creatively with these in their school and own teaching practice.
Module 3: Holistic Assessment
In this module, students gain practical skills in the evaluation of student work. At the heart of this is how to work creatively with different kinds of assessment (e.g., formative, summative, ipsative, peer, self), how to make observations, give effective feedback, ensure validity, etc.
Module 4: Research Methods and Study Skills
In this module students learn about contemporary educational research, how it is done and how it influences educational thinking and educational policy. They also develop their own academic writing, study and research skills.
There is now an option to take modules 1 and 2 as stand alone courses. Please contact Fergus Anderson (email@example.com) if you would like more information about this option.
Further key facts about the programme
- How long does it take? 18 months part time, combining work-based practice, four 5-day residentials and distance learning.
- Certification The programme is certified by Crossfields Institute in in academic partnership with the Institut für Bildung und Gesellschaftlicher Innovation (Alanus University).
- Recognition The programme is recognised by the Ministry of Education in Denmark and Syddansk Universitet.
- Size and credit The programme comprises approximately 200 guided learning hours and 300 hours of independent study. On completion of the programme, successful graduates will be awarded 20 ECTS.
- Developed by This programme is developed by Crossfields Institute with subject specific expertise provided by practicing teachers as well as the professional associations of Steiner Schools in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
- Entry requirements Undergraduate level education or established equivalent.
- Language proficiency A good level of written and spoken English language (equivalent to IELTS 6).
- Tuition fee £5,200. This does not include residential costs for accommodation and food.
The second intake begins with a five-day intensive in mid January, 2019.