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Article

Challenges of Implementing Montessori English Teaching Model in Saudi Arabian Elementary Schools

Available from: The Egyptian Knowledge Bank

Publication: مجلة دراسات في المناهج وطرق التدريس [Journal of Studies in Curriculum and Teaching Methods], no. 245

Pages: 1-25 (Article 2)

Asia, Early childhood care and education, Early childhood education, Middle East, Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc., Saudi Arabia, Western Asia

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Abstract/Notes: Montessori English Teaching Model (METM) is a unique way of instruction that uses specifically designed learning settings and approaches to nurture students' intrinsic desire to learn. English achievements for Saudi students have been for long very low. The current study aimed to investigate the real challenges of implementing Montessori English Teaching Model in Saudi Arabian elementary schools. Qualitative method, namely focus group discussion, was used. Four purposive focus groups with different educational positions and experiences were formulated, namely school supervisors (SS), school principals (SP), English teachers (ET), and English curriculum specialists (ES). The major findings of the study were that1) major challenges existed for implementing the METM in Saudi elementary schools, 2) the challenges concentrated on four categories: educational context, work ethics and environment, nature of teachers and students, and social aspects, and 3) agreements on some of the sub-themes fluctuated. Recommendations for further investigations are made for interested and educational personnel.

Language: Arabic

DOI: 10.21608/mjat.2019.101825

ISSN: 2535-213X

Conference Paper

Exploring the Role of Montessori Pedagogy on Students in Early Childhood Schools with Saudi Arabia

Available from: IATED Digital Library

11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies

Asia, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Western Asia

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Abstract/Notes: This study explores the role of Montessori pedagogy for early childhood pupils in Saudi Arabian. In order to fulfil this aim, this study collected data from a sample of 12 teachers in different five schools in order to explore their attitudes towards the adoption of Montessori pedagogy in early childhood schools. Two types of data collection methods (i.e. interviews and questionnaire) were used in this study. The numeric data collected from the questionnaire was analysed statistically and the textual data collected from interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. The findings indicate that teachers believe that using Montessori Pedagogy can help students in early childhood as it enhances their learning quality and performance. Furthermore, using Montessori pedagogy is preferable among teachers of younger ages. However, an efficient adoption of Montessori pedagogy requires sufficient experience from the teachers in using this pedagogy. Other factors that influence the attitudes of teachers towards using Montessori pedagogy include availability of specialist support and the existence of training courses for teachers. In regard to limitations, the results of this study cannot be generalized to the whole population due to the small size of sample adopted in this research.

Language: English

Published: Palma, Spain: International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED), 2019

Pages: 5362-5362

DOI: 10.21125/edulearn.2019.1316

ISBN: 978-84-09-12031-4

Article

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Practitioners' Perspectives Toward Reforming Early Childhood Curriculum in Saudi Arabia

Available from: Research Gate

Publication: International Journal of Special Education, vol. 37, no. 3

Pages: 15448-15480

Asia, Early childhood care and education, Early childhood education, Educational change, Inclusive education, Middle East, Montessori method of education, Reggio Emilia approach (Early childhood education), Saudi Arabia, Special education, Western Asia, ⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: Early childhood (EC) is the right period to start emphasizing on teaching young children about diversity, equity and inclusion. The new vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2030 target to boost educational system through continuous invest in and teachers' education and professional training focused on integrating multicultural education into the curricula. The current study dealt with two main dimensions: The first dimension revealed the different curricula, teaching strategies, and assessment of children's learning in kindergartens in the public and private sectors. The second dimension focused on investigating how these applied curricula take into account the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion for children from different cultural backgrounds. The current study used the descriptive analytical approach through the application of the questionnaire, which targeted a number of government and private kindergartens in various major cities in the Kingdom. The results revealed the interest of private kindergartens in applying modern and diverse curricula in terms of teaching and assessment strategies and in terms of respect for diversity, equity and inclusion for all children, which meets their different needs. Teachers in private kindergartens expressed their confidence and competence to teach children from different cultures, and that the applied curricula ensure respect for their cultural backgrounds in terms of teaching methods that are free of racism in any form. Continuous professional training and the employment of teachers from different cultures contributed to raising the cultural awareness of children in private kindergartens compared to government ones. The current study recommended decision-makers to update the curricula in government kindergartens in line with the global trend towards integrating children from different cultures and backgrounds in the classroom.

Language: English

ISSN: 0827-3383, 1917-7844

Article

Teachers’ Perceptions of Supporting Pre-School Children in Self-Learning in Montessori Classrooms: A Case Study of Three Saudi Pre-Schools

Available from: Multi-Knowledge Electronic Comprehensive Journal for Education and Science Publications

Publication: Multi-Knowledge Electronic Comprehensive Journal for Education and Science Publications, no. 37

Pages: 1-21

Asia, Middle East, Montessori method of education, Saudi Arabia, Preschool children, Saudi Arabia, Teachers - Attitudes, Western Asia, ⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: Teaching at pre-school in Saudi Arabia can involve the use of many types of teaching methods, and the Montessori educational system is one approach that can be used. Over time, this method has gained value and popularity due to its promotion of a self-learning strategy. This current study aims to explore the perceptions of Montessori teachers working in Saudi Arabia about their role in supporting a self-learning strategy for pre-school children. The research sample comprised Montessori teachers working at three schools in Saudi Arabia. Data was collected by undertaking qualitative semi-structured interviews and using an unstructured questionnaire. The interviews was piloted in advanced. The findings show that most of the Saudi pre-school teachers who participated are knowledgeable about teaching the Montessori system in the classroom, and have knowledge of applying the self-learning strategy. However, in practice, their role in supporting children to achieve self-learning is affected by various factors, including: the overall ethos of the Saudi education system, the Ministry of Education’s perceptions about teaching pre-school children using the Montessori system, the teacher’s background and their years of experiences working with pre-school children, and the use of individual education plans for each child.

Language: English

ISSN: 2617-9563

Article

Montessori Milestones

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 11, no. 2

Pages: 20–24

⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: Montessorians honored; AMS school accreditation restructuring; scholarships awarded; MACTE news; Montessori in Saudi Arabia; Teachers Section Symposium; AMS seminar

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Article

International News

Publication: Montessori Education, vol. 6, no. 2

Pages: 28–29

⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: Romania, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, MANZ conference

Language: English

ISSN: 1354-1498

Article

International News

Publication: Montessori Education, vol. 6, no. 3

Pages: 26–27

⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: South Africa, Saudi Arabia

Language: English

ISSN: 1354-1498

Doctoral Dissertation

How the Use of Montessori Sensorial Material Supports Children's Creative Problem Solving in the Pre-School Classroom

Available from: British Library - EthOS

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Abstract/Notes: Maria Montessori famously designed her own materials to support children’s development. Thus far, the literature which focuses on Montessori Sensorial education - and on creativity, problem solving and creative problem solving - has not investigated connections between these matters. This study investigated the effect of using the Montessori Method on children’s skills, especially in creative problem solving. This research examines the integration of Montessori materials into a social context to develop children’s creative problem solving, and analyses these data using the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) framework [Isaksen et al., 2000] and Rogoff’s model [1990] of social interaction. The study provides a new way of using the CPS framework, for data analysis, rather than as a way of training an individual or a group in solving problems creatively. The methodology combines a quasi-experimental design with a sample of qualitative cases. The research was conducted in one pre-school in Saudi Arabia, in the city of Riyadh, and involved twenty-four five-year-old children (12 boys, 12 girls) and four teachers. Six matched pairs of children were observed using Montessori sensorial materials (MSM) for one academic year. All the children were assessed on their problem solving capacities, in order to compare their development, using the British Ability Scale-II. The results from the quantitative analysis reveal significant differences between the experimental and control groups in their capacity to solve problems, using a pre-post-test of the four subscales of the BAS II. The qualitative analysis shows social interaction assists children in the “understanding of the challenge” component of the creative problem solving process while individual differences were identified in relation to the three creative skills. The results revealed the children’s different ways of framing and solving their own problems creatively through exploring different positions of the materials and applying them in creative solutions. The research also found that children’s own individual experiences with, and interests in, the material affected their creative problem solving.

Language: English

Published: Southampton, England, 2011

Article

Let Us Stick Together

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 32, no. 3

Pages: 34-35

⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: [...]the Indians had to buy salt from the British and pay high taxes. Because of this, most Indians could barely afford to salt their food. On March 12, 1930, he set out on foot from his Ashram community, near Ahmedabad, heading to the sea coast, where he planned to defy the British law by harvesting salt from the Arabian Sea. [...]I stopped reading and asked the children, "Why would Gandhi do such a thing when he knew that he could be ridiculed for this act?" One child raised his hand and said, "Gandhi is trying to make a stick bundle of India."

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

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