Journal Transitions in Childhood

Transitions in the life of the child from birth to age 14 

Significance, Challenges and Consequences - The Tasks for Educators and Teachers

With Contributions by Clara Aerts, Reinoud Engelsman, Ursula Flatters, Elizabeth Hall, Florian Osswald, Claus-Peter Röh, Susan Weber

Published by the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum and IASWECE

From May 30 to April 3, 20-15, 550 people from 46 countries came together at the Goetheanum to work on the theme, "Transitions in Childhood from Birth to Age 14." The conference was prepared and carried out by the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum and IASWECE (the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education). A main intention was to bring together a variety of professionals from different areas to work together on current educational questions and thus deepen their understanding of child and human development.

Claus-Peter Röh summarized the mood at the end of the conference as follows: "During this conference we have tried, with great intensity and candor, to create a community of awareness around various areas of education. The desire to always keep the idea of “a whole” in mind while discerning the individual was clearly apparent; as well as the attempt to see the holistic aspect of events in time in connection with tangible developments. Now we stand before the challenge of further developing our collective work and newly gained insights, into the future."

The lectures given at the conference are included here in this publication. We hope that these texts can serve as a basis for further study activity and can contribute to a greater collaborative activity in the Waldorf kindergarten and school movement.


  • Preface - Philipp Reubke, Claus Peter Röh, Florian Osswald
  • Transitions: The In-Between – Room for Play – Autonomy - Florian Osswald
  • “Transitions in Childhood: A Medical View of Crises and their Consequences in Later Life.” - Ursula Flatters
  • “Metamorphoses in the Development of the “I” from Birth to Age Fourteen” - Susan Weber
  • Metamorphoses in the Development of the „I“ from Birth to age of Fourteen - Elizabeth Hall
  • “Together in the Stream of Life – Metamorphoses in the Adult’s Inner Attitude in Relation to the Child” - Clara Aerts
  • Together in the stream of life – Metamorphoses of the adult’s inner attitude in relation to the child - Reinoud Engelsman
  • Configuring Spaces – Shaping Time in Childhood. Building Developmental Bridges for the Future - Claus-Peter Röh

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Journal (121 pages, in English and German, published 2016)