Practical Examples of Children’s Participation in Freie Schule Frankfurt: Children’s Self-Regulation and the Role of the Teachers


  • Dirk Eiermann Freie Schule Frankfurt


Educational alternatives, progressive education, alternative education, difference, educational theory, educational philosophy, home education, education policy


This essay is about the learning opportunities and experiences available to children at the Freie Schule Frankfurt. The school exists for 40 years. It includes kindergarten, primary school and orientation stage in grades one to six. There are 55 children in the school in an age range from three to thirteen years.1 Opening hours of the school are from 7.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The basis for our educational practice is the concept of children’s self-regulation, as described in Eiermann, 2015 (this issue). This has consequences for the role of the staff members. I will come back to this issue at the end of the essay in a section where I will attend to the idea of (children’s) self-regulation and (adult’s) participation. First I wish to explain the theoretical concept. Three examples will be used to explicate its practical implementation...


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