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Paper presentation at the International Steiner Symposium 2021. The Actuality of Rudolf Steiner: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Steiner in the 21st Century.

In this work, intuition is investigated as a necessary cognitive capacity for the development of true autonomy of thinking and acting. For this, it is necessary to understand it and weave possibilities for teaching and learning such ability. To that end, a first-person experiment was performed by one of the authors, using contemplative exercises proposed by Weger and Herbig to access an intuitive way of thinking. The exercise was performed systematically for 22 days, described in a field diary and analyzed according to the descriptive phenomenological method in psychology.

The results indicate that there is potential for training intuitive thinking through the use of creative imagination, accessing different perspectives of everyday situations, allowing unprecedented reflections and new possibilities for action.

Andreia C. De Souza: Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

Andreia is Ph.D. student, and holds a M.Sc. in Education at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil, in the line of Cognition, Learning, and Human Development. She is a practitioner, educator, and researcher on the processes of self-knowledge, development, and realization of human beings, and its methodological possibilities in education, science, communication, spirituality, and art. Andreia worked as an early childhood Waldorf educator, and as a coordinator and teacher in specialization course (Lato sensu) on Steiner Education alongside her work as facilitator in Peace Culture and Buddhist meditation practice and study group. Andreia is also a yoga teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. She currently works as a pedagogical supervisor and coordinator in public schools in Paraná, Brazil.

Dr. Tania Stoltz: Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

Tania graduated in Pedagogy and Artistic Education, M.Sc. in Education, Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Catholic University of São Paulo. She completed a post-doctorate at the Jean Piaget Archives, Switzerland and with Alanus Hochschule, Germany. Tania has worked as coordinator of the scientific cooperation between UFPR and the Jean Piaget Archives, Switzerland (2003-2008), and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jean Piaget Society, USA (2016-2019). Tania is currently a Professor and researcher at UFPR, and has experience in Education, with an emphasis on Educational Psychology. Tania supervises dissertations and theses focused on themes around the works of Jean Piaget, Rudolf Steiner, and Lev Vygotsky.