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In conventional agriculture and livestock breeding, speed and high performance come first, while the well-being of the animals is often a low priority. Ecological farmers have other criteria: in dairy cow breeding, for example, they value long-lived and robust animals that are well suited to their environment. Cattle family breeding, in which the...

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Anthroposophically-oriented special education schools find that their work receives considerable recognition, yet the theoretical foundations of that work are often controversial. A recent empirical study examined, for the first time, special education Waldorf schools from the perspective of their teachers. The results are discussed here in an...

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At the Institute for Evolutionary Biology at the University of Witten / Herdecke, Dr. Bernd Rosslenbroich is conducting research on the abilities and interdependencies of biological systems such as cells, organs and the organism. His research also examines the evolution and developmental history of these systems. In his current research project...

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One of the most striking characteristics of Waldorf education is its division into what are called "epochs": teaching units in the natural sciences that last three to four weeks each. The students' own observations and experiences form the starting point for the epochs. Carefully selected, exemplary, and particularly insightful curriculum elements,...

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Education researcher Heike Lubnitz has developed an entirely new approach to dealing with the challenges of dementia in disabled persons. Her research, the subject of a doctoral dissertation completed at Leibnitz University in Hannover, received a research excellence award from the Stiftung Leben Pur. The Software AG Foundation provided financial...

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