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Montessori-Pädagogik verstehen, anwenden und erleben: eine Einführung [Understanding, Applying and Experiencing Montessori Pedagogy: An Introduction]

Maria Montessori – Philosophy, Montessori method of education – Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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Abstract/Notes: Die Montessori-Pädagogik ist ein Klassiker der Reformpädagogik – und heute aktueller denn je. Denn im Mittelpunkt stehen Individualisierung, Freiarbeit und selbstbestimmtes Lernen. Eva Schumacher präsentiert in dieser EinfĂĽhrung anschaulich das Erziehungskonzept Maria Montessoris mit besonderem Fokus auf die pädagogische Praxis und die dafĂĽr erforderlichen Materialien. So werden neben den theoretischen Grundlagen alle Materialbereiche vorgestellt – von den Sinnes- und Dimensionsmaterialien ĂĽber die Mathematikmaterialien bis hin zur Kosmischen Erziehung (Kosmisches Material) – und ihre Anwendung wird anhand ausgewählter Beispiele und Farbfotos erläutert. Die Verankerung der Montessori-Didaktik in der aktuellen Entwicklungs- und Lernpsychologie sowie in der empirischen Schulforschung und Schulreform zeigen zudem die Aktualität der Montessori-Pädagogik auf. Literaturempfehlungen, nĂĽtzliche Adressen und Ăśberblickstabellen vervollständigen das Buch. [Montessori education is a classic of reform education – and today more relevant than ever. The focus is on individualization, free work and self-determined learning. In this introduction, Eva Schumacher clearly presents Maria Montessori’s educational concept with a particular focus on pedagogical practice and the materials required for it. In addition to the theoretical basics, all material areas are presented – from sensory and dimensional materials to mathematics materials to cosmic education (cosmic material) – and their application is explained using selected examples and color photos. The anchoring of Montessori didactics in current development and learning psychology as well as in empirical school research and school reform also show the topicality of Montessori pedagogy. Literature recommendations, useful addresses and overview tables complete the book.]

Language: German

Published: Weinheim, Germany: Beltz, 2020

Edition: 2nd updated and newly revised ed.

ISBN: 978-3-407-25840-3 3-407-25840-2 978-3-407-25857-1

Series: Pädagogik

Master’s Thesis

From My Casa to Yours: Evaluating the Possibility of Applying the Montessori Language Curriculum to the Ontario Elementary Context

Available from: Theseus (Finland)

Americas, Canada, Educational change, Language education, Montessori method of education – Criticism, interpretation, etc., North America

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Abstract/Notes: The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into how reading (an essential human right) is taught in Ontario schools revealed that Ontario’s public education system is “failing students…by not using evidence-based approaches to teach them to read.” This thesis aimed to address this failure by proposing Montessori language curriculum as a viable alternative to the current (ineffective) practices. The validity of both the new Ontario language curriculum and the Montessori language curriculum were assessed through the use of The Reading League’s Curriculum Evaluation Guidelines (CEG) and their associated workbook. The Ontario language curriculum was found to be lacking, particularly in terms of its lack of clarity, and guidance with regards to practical implementation. The Montessori language curriculum on the other hand was found to meet or surpass the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s recommendations, and in a way that can tangibly be understood and implemented. In light of these findings, Ontario school boards should seriously consider adopting Montessori language curriculum, in whole or in part, to address the systemic reading crisis. All educational stakeholders have a role to play in safeguarding children’s right to read.

Language: English

Published: Tampere, Finland, 2024

Master’s Thesis

MuistiMontessorin Muistojen kirja hoivakumppanin kokemana / Care Partners’ Experience of the Memory Book Uses in Montessori Philosophy.

Available from: Theseus (Finland)

Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Gerontology, Montessori-based interventions (MBI)

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of my thesis was to examine how care partners (elderly care worker, family member or close friend) experience the Memory Book used in Montessori Philosophy. My aim was to bring forth these experiences and find out the book´s significance in an intensive elderly care home as part of the care. Based on gathered experiences the views can be built on possibilities and usefulness of the Memory Book in everyday care. My Bachelor´s thesis was about the experience of the Book by care partners. As for methods the thesis was conducted by qualitative research methods and the data was collected by theme intervies. The Memory Book was adopted in the elderly care home only quite recently and because of the short history, the interviews were done by individually. I wanted to interview different care partners which in Montessori Philosophy means either elderly care worker, family member or close friend but in this case care partners consisted of elderly care workers only. The interview material was analyzed by data-oriented content analysis. The result indicated that the Memory Book used in Montessori Philosophy is useful as it is. One picture on a page with a descriptive sentence is exactly adequate. The Memory Book has increased communication amongst individuals living with dementia. Communication has been an understandable word or words or a sound. Individuals living with dementia had progressed severely. Care partners experienced that the Memory Book brings a lot of joy and pleasure which the creates a pleasant care atmosphere. That atmosphere helps care partners especially during the most challenging care giving situations. Care partners see that the Memory Book brings them closer to the individuals they take care of daily. The time and togetherness that they share with the help of the Book adds safety and trust to the individuals with dementia. The results lead to the conclusion that the Memory Book according to Montessori Philosophy has its possibilities and is useful in everyday care in an elderly care home. I wish this increased awareness of the Memory Book and interest in the Montessori Memory method in elderly and dementia care. There are still many fields in the Montessori Memory method which would be meaningful to study when working with the elderly and individual within person-centered best practice in nursing homes with elder and individuals with dementia / Opinnäytetyöni aiheena oli MuistiMontessorimenetelmässä käytetty Muistojen kirja. Tavoitteena oli selvittää hoivakumppaneiden (hoitaja, omainen, läheinen) kokemuksia Muistojen kirjan käyttämisestä muistisairaan kanssa. Opinnäytetyön tarkoituksena oli tuoda esille hoivakumppaneiden kokemuksia ja selvittää, millaisena Muistojen kirja nähdään osana muistisairaan ympärivuorokautista hoivaa. Saatujen kokemusten perusteella muodostuu näkemys Muistojen kirjan mahdollisuuksista ja käytettävyydestä hoitotyön arjessa. Tutkimuskysymykseni oli, miten hoivakumppani kokee MuistiMontessorimenetelmässä käytetyn Muistojen kirjan muistisairautta sairastavan kanssa ympärivuorokautisen hoitokodin arjessa. Opinnäytetyöni toteutin laadullisen tutkimusmenetelmän keinoin ja aineiston keräsin teemahaastatteluna. MuistiMontessorimenetelmässä käytetty Muistojen kirja on otettu hoivakodissa käyttöön aika hiljattain, joten toteutin haastattelut yksilöhaastatteluina lyhyen kokemuksen takia. Tarkoituksena oli haastatella eri hoivakumppaneita (hoitajaa, omaista tai läheistä), mutta hoivakumppanit haastatteluihin muodostuivat hoitajista. Aineiston analysoin sisällönanalyysin mukaan teorialähtöisesti. Aineistosta esiin tulleiden tulosten mukaan MuistiMontessorin Muistojen kirja oli sellaisenaan käyttökelpoinen. Sivulla yksi kuva ja sitä kuvaava lause oli juuri sopiva, eikä yhtään liikaa. Muistojen kirja oli lisännyt muistisairaan kommunikointia, joko ymmärrettävästi sanan tai sanojen avulla tai äännähdyksinä. Muistisairas on kuitenkin selvästi reagoinut Muistojen kirjaan silloinkin, vaikka muistisairaus oli edennyt jo pitkälle. Hoivakumppanit kokivat, että Muistojen kirja toi muistisairaalle asukkaalle iloa ja mielihyvää, mikä loi miellyttävän hoitoilmapiirin. Se oli avuksi hoitajille etenkin haasteellisten hoitotoimenpiteiden aikana. Hoivakumppanit kokivat, että Muistojen kirja lähensi heitä hoidettaviinsa. Muistojen kirjan avulla yhteisen ajan jakaminen ja yhdessäolo lisäsi hoidettavien turvallisuuden tunnetta ja luottamusta hoitajiinsa. Saatujen kokemusten perusteella muodostui näkemys Muistojen kirjan mahdollisuuksista ja käytettävyydestä hoitotyön arjessa. Opinnäytetyön toivoisi lisäävän tietoutta MuistiMontessorimenetelmässä käytetystä Muistojen kirjasta ja herättävän uteliaisuuden MuistiMontessori menetelmää kohtaan. Voimavarakeskeistä vanhustyötä toteuttaessa MuistiMontessorissa on monta osa aluetta, mitä olisi mielekästä tutkia muistisairaiden kanssa työskennellessä.

Language: English

Published: Helsinki, Finland, 2024

Book Section

Open Education: Assumptions About Children, Learning and Knowledge

Available from: Books to Borrow @ Internet Archive

Book Title: Curriculum Design

Pages: 58-81

Educational theories, Learning

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Language: English

Published: New York, New York: John Wiley, 1975

ISBN: 0-470-14085-2

Master’s Thesis

The Development of a Montessori-Inspired Framework to Solve Dilemmas in Higher Education During the 5th Industrial Revolution

Available from: Theseus (Finland)

Educational change, Higher education, Maria Montessori – Philosophy, Montessori method of education – Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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Abstract/Notes: A new framework was developed based on Montessori’s pedagogy, Andragogy principles, and Heutagogy principles, to address the challenges of 5IR education. Modern-day Higher Education Institutions must explore innovative approaches to teaching and foster a culture of lifelong learning among students. A qualitative, thematic structured literature review was conducted to examine Montessori’s pedagogy, Andragogy, and Heutagogy. The aim was to create a new framework that can be implemented in higher education institutions (HEIs) to address the educational needs of the 5th Industrial Revolution (5IR). To achieve this, ten articles were selected using pre-defined keywords, and articles older than 10 years and those that didn’t answer the research question and sub-question were eliminated. Similarities, concerns, mismatches, and dilemmas were extracted from the selected articles. These were then compared to the 5IR education requirements to create the new framework. It was found that the combination of Montessori’s pedagogy, Andragogy, and Heutagogy has the potential to address the dilemmas found in 5IR education. Montessori strongly emphasises self-directed, self-determined learning and is guided by individualised instruction that fulfils the principles of Andragogy. Andragogy focuses on the learner’s autonomy and own experiences. Coupled with this is Heutagogy, which focuses on self-determined learning. This could only contribute to the idea of Montessori’s pedagogy in HEI. Montessori’s method should provide a strong philosophical foundation and perspective to the combined approach idea. Future work could look at the practical application to fully explore the potential of the combination to address 5IR educational dilemmas.

Language: English

Published: Helsinki, Finland, 2024

Doctoral Dissertation (Ed.D.)

A Phenomenology of Naturally Embedded Trauma-Informed Practices Within Public Montessori Classroom Environments

Available from: Liberty University Institutional Repository

Generational trauma, Learning environments, Montessori method of education – Criticism, interpretation, etc., Montessori schools, Psychic trauma in children, Public Montessori

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe the lived experiences of 12 classroom teachers in different public Montessori schools in four different geographical regions of the United States. The interview was designed to allow the teachers to describe their Montessorian approach regarding areas of safety, social interaction, and respectful classroom environments to support students who may be experiencing the consequences of childhood trauma. The theories that guided this study were Albert Bandura’s (1977) social cognitive theory and the humanistic or person-centered theory of Carl Rogers (Rogers & Kramer, 1995). These theories facilitated the development of an understanding of fundamental concepts in children’s cognitive, social, and emotional learning and how those are related to classroom behavior concerns. Data were collected via a personal writing prompt and interviews, allowing the teachers to explain how they prepare their classrooms to best support the needs of children who may be dealing with the consequences of childhood trauma. Data were organized into themes to inform teacher preparation programs and ongoing professional development.

Language: English

Published: Lynchburg, Virginia, 2024

Doctoral Dissertation (Ph.D.)

A Comparison of Student Motivation Between Two Ukulele Curricula in a Multi-Age Classroom

Available from: Liberty University Institutional Repository

Montessori schools, Music – Instruction and study, Music and children, Music education

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Abstract/Notes: Motivation is a topic of high interest to music educators as they attempt to understand what makes their students want to continue learning. The use of the ukulele in the music classroom has grown over the last ten years due to its versatility. Despite its popularity and music educators’ support for its use, very little research exists on students’ motivation while playing it in a general music classroom setting. Therefore, the purpose of this current study is to compare the motivation levels of two groups of multi-age fourth through sixth-grade students learning the ukulele via different curricula in the music classroom. A quantitative MANOVA design method compared the motivation levels of students experiencing two different ukulele curricula. The study collected quantitative data from (N = 175) fourth through sixth-grade students at Maria Montessori School in Rockford, IL through an adapted twenty-two-item Intrinsic Motivation Inventory (IMI). The results indicated that there was a significant difference in motivation between students who experienced the Quaver Music curriculum and students who experienced the Music Will curriculum. The largest contributor to the difference is the Pressure-Tension subcategory, which leads one to conclude that students who experience lower levels of Pressure-Tension experience higher levels of overall motivation. Activities that promote lower levels of Pressure-Tension should be utilized in the classroom.

Language: English

Published: Lynchburg, Virginia, 2024

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Maria Montessori, a Relevant Story – Life, Thought, Memories

Maria Montessori – Biographic sources, Maria Montessori – Philosophy, Montessori method of education – Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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Language: English

Published: S.I.: Streetlib S.R.L., 2022

ISBN: 978-88-6580-410-0

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Maria Montessori, una storia attuale: La vita, il pensiero, le testimonianze

Maria Montessori – Biographic sources, Maria Montessori – Philosophy, Montessori method of education – Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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Abstract/Notes: Maria Montessori non fu certo una donna comune. Capace di destare le piĂą entusiastiche adesioni e le critiche piĂą malevole, fu oggetto al suo tempo di illazioni, maldicenze, pettegolezzi e, ancor oggi, il suo senso di libertĂ  e le scomode novitĂ  del suo pensiero suscitano reazioni contrastanti. Si ripercorrono qui le tappe della sua vita: dagli anni della formazione, segnati dalla difficoltĂ  di essere una delle prime donne medico in Italia, all’esperienza dolorosa della maternitĂ  nascosta; dalle lotte femministe, che fondano in lei un nuovo senso di giustizia sociale e una nuova consapevolezza del ruolo della donna, all’impegno a favore dei bambini svantaggiati fino al suo innovativo progetto pedagogico, basato sulla valorizzazione delle risorse e della libertĂ  del bambino. La presente edizione, rivista e aggiornata, accoglie numerose aggiunte, modifiche, correzioni e capitoli nuovi, grazie anche al prezioso contributo della bisnipote di Maria, Carolina Montessori.

Language: Italian

Published: Torino, Italy: Il leone verde Edizioni, 2018

ISBN: 978-88-6580-173-4

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Report of Experiment with Montessori Apparatus in the Free Kindergarten, Reid’s Court, Canongate

Available from: Google Books

Europe, Great Britain, Montessori materials, Montessori schools, Northern Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Language: English

Published: Edinburgh, Scotland: Provincial Training Centre, 1914

Series: Pedagogical Laboratory reports , 1