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Article

The Uganda Montessori Peace Education Initiative [Victoria Montessori School, Entebbe]

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 18, no. 3

Pages: 12

Africa, East Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, ⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Article

Nurseries to Replace Lost Traditions [Nigeria]

Publication: Montessori Education, vol. 8, no. 2

Pages: 32–34

Africa, Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa, ⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

ISSN: 1354-1498

Book

Play and Creative Drawing in Preschool: A Comparative Study of Montessori and Public Preschools in Kenya

Africa, Comparative education, East Africa, Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa

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Abstract/Notes: When children enter preschool or kindergarten, they often seem to bring a spirit of wonder, great curiosity, and a spontaneous drive to explore, experiment and manipulate playfully and originally. Learning environments have been perceived to have the dual role of promoting as well as killing creativity. This has been attributed to the fact that as a child progresses through school years, teaching and learning become more dominant as play and self-exploration are stifled. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between play and creative drawing in Kenyan preschool children. A comparative study of the Montessori and the traditional public school system was carried out 48 preschool children between the ages of 4 and 6. Half were enrolled in Montessori while the other half in public schools Kenya. Through a qualitative design by the use of the Test of Creative Thinking Drawing Production (TCT-DP) (Urban & Jellen, 1996), and Rubin’s (2001) Play Observation Scale analyses were carried out. Independent sample t tests, Pearson product moment correlations and stepwise hierarchical multiple regressions were computed to determine whether interactions and differences in social play, cognitive play and creative drawing performance were apparent between Montessori and traditional public preschools. Statistically significant results were obtained indicating that Montessori children engaged in cognitive play more than public preschool children and had higher scores on creativity than public preschool children. In addition, age differences in social play as well as in creativity scores were found. However, no gender differences were apparent in social play, cognitive play or in creativity scores.

Language: English

Published: Munich, Germany: Herbert Utz Verlag, 2013

ISBN: 978-3-8316-4284-7

Master's Thesis

Challenges Faced by Montessori Colleges in Kenya in Implementing Competitive Strategies

Available from: eRepository at University of Nairobi, Kenya

Africa, East Africa, Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this study was to establish the challenges faced by Montessori Colleges in Kenya in implementing competitive strategies. The study used descriptive survey design. The target population for the study were the 16 colleges that offer Montessori course only. Twelve colleges responded representing a 75% response rate. A semi-structured questionnaire consisting of closed and open-ended questions was used to collect data using the drop and pick method. The study revealed that operational costs, high competitive levels, and no marketing budget were the major challenges. In addition, strategies like low cost staff, part-time teachers hired on a needy basis, taking advantage of any attractive opportunity and use of using the students to market the college and were used heavily in the colleges. Based on the findings, it was recommended that cost leadership strategy be taken into account to maintain competitiveness. This is because cost being a major challenge requires that firms pay a great deal of attention to discretionary costs and look for ways of bringing the costs down. According to Porter (1985) pp 13, 'a cost leader, however cannot ignore the bases of differentiation. If its product is not perceived as comparable or acceptable by buyers, a cost leader will be forced to discount prices well below competitors' to gain sales.' This may result in the firm invalidating the advantages of its cost position.

Language: English

Published: Nairobi, Kenya, 2010

Article

Teacher Training for Early Childhood Development and Education in Kenya

Available from: Taylor and Francis Online

Publication: Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, vol. 30, no. 3

Pages: 220-229

Africa, East Africa, Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa

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Abstract/Notes: The training of early childhood development and education (ECDE) teachers in Kenya remains a priority in recognition of the vital role well-trained professionals play in the quality of early childhood experiences for children ages 0+ to 5+. This article provides a detailed overview of the current structure and training of ECDE professionals, including pedagogical strategies and curricular guidelines. Specific attention is given to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology's intersectoral framework for stakeholders and the holistic, child-centered, multidimensional approach to coordinated early childhood development and education. A cross-section of challenges to training ECDE teachers and recommendations are offered.

Language: English

DOI: 10.1080/10901020903084256

ISSN: 1090-1027

Article

Colour Preference Among Children in a Nigerian Montessori School

Available from: Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Research (MCSER)

Publication: Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 5, no. 1

Pages: 325-332

Africa, Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa

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Abstract/Notes: Colour preference among children has been explored in a variety of populations and cultures. However, there is scanty research on the psychology of colour and, in particular, colour preference among children in Nigeria. Sixty (60) children (30 males and 30 females) randomly drawn from a population of students of a Montessori School in Ibadan, Nigeria participated in the study. A One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for Repeated Measures Design was used to test five hypotheses stated in the study. Results identified the order of colour preference by the children as red, yellow, tint, white, green, blue, brown and black. Red and yellow were significantly preferred to black. There was significant difference in order of colour among female children, children of age group 9-12 years and children of age group 3-8 years. In conclusion, red and yellow prove to be more stimulating and attractive than any other colour. These findings will be helpful to teaching agencies, and advertising companies and entrepreneurs that major in the production of children materials to know the right colour to use on their products. DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n1p325

Language: English

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n1p325

ISSN: 2039-2117

Article

Towards Adapting the Nigerian Video Film into a Teaching Tool in Primary and Secondary Schools

Available from: African Journals Online

Publication: Creative Artist: A Journal of Theatre and Media Studies, vol. 3, no. 1

Pages: 33-44

Africa, Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa, ⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: Researchers widely acclaim that the film (video film) has very far reaching effects on young persons, as it amongst other factors, even promotes violence and dictates youth fashions and fads .The Nigerian Education Policy is yet to fully integrate the arts - media arts, dramatic arts, and music into the school curriculum; except at the university level where these are specific courses of study. This paper advocates that this being the case, the time is ripe to repackage the video film as suitable educational material, for integration into the school curriculum, as appropriate teaching aids that enhance understanding of subject matter. Sadly, for now, this inestimable resource is relegated to the hidden curriculum. There is no doubt that the teaching of English Language or French, Geography and the sciences, would be quite enhanced with electronic teaching aids, a formidable and potent medium that school children are already in tune with. This being the case, It is pertinent to start by taking a cursory look at education and the current methodology of formal knowledge acquisition in schools. This will help in the delineation of what modes and processes have been employed, and what is necessary to be adopted. Education is not merely acquired for the sake of it as Peters observes, rather it is “the transmission of, or initiation into things which are intrinsically worthwhile and desirable”...

Language: English

ISSN: 2006-6910

Conference Paper

Comparative Study on the Use of Traditional Approach and Montessori Method in Teaching Numeracy in Early Years

Available from: IATED Digital Library

10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference

Africa, Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa

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Abstract/Notes: In traditional education, Mathematics has always been a great challenge to learners, maybe because it is taught as abstract from early years. On the other hand, the Montessori Method uses the hands-on approach in teaching numeracy from early years. This study therefore compared the traditional approach and the Montessori Method in the teaching of numeracy in selected public schools in Delta North Senatorial District. Two schools and four classes were purposively selected in Ika South, of Delta North Senatorial District. Twenty five pupils were selected for each approach in the two schools. At the end of the study, the children in the Montessori class performed better on the numeracy test than those taught with the traditional approach. It was concluded that hands-on approach enhances understanding of numeracy from early years. It was therefore recommended that the teachers in the schools in Delta State should be retrained on the use of hands on activities in the teaching of numeracy in early years.

Language: English

Published: Valencia, Spain: International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED), 2016

Pages: 1552-1557

DOI: 10.21125/inted.2016.1334

ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7

Article

Celebrating International Day in Ghana [Gingerbread House School, Accra]

Publication: Montessori International, vol. 76

Pages: 32–33

Africa, Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa, ⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

ISSN: 1470-8647

Article

Enthusiasm for Montessori in Nigeria

Publication: Communications (Association Montessori Internationale, 195?-2008), vol. 1973, no. 4

Pages: 17–19

Africa, Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa, ⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

ISSN: 0519-0959

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