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Article

Resignation of Patricia Hilson from the MTCA [Montessori Teachers College of Australia]

Publication: Montessori Matters, no. 2

Pages: 20–22

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Language: English

Article

Who Is AMTA? [Australian Montessori Teachers Association]

Publication: Montessori Matters, no. 2

Pages: 15

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Language: English

Article

The Future of Montessori Education in Australia

Publication: Montessori Matters, no. 1

Pages: 19–28

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Language: English

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Montessori Teachers College of Australia Limited

Publication: Montessori Matters, no. 2

Pages: 27–29

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Language: English

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Percezione e movimento nello sviluppo del pensiero matematico. Le convinzioni e le pratiche degli insegnanti in Italia e in Australia / Perception and movement in the development of mathematical thinking. Teachers’ beliefs and practices in Italy and Australia

Available from: Pensa Multimedia

Book Title: La ricerca educativa e didattica nelle scuole di dottorato in Italia

Pages: 131-162

Mathematics education, Montessori materials

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Abstract/Notes: Il progetto di ricerca è uno studio esplorativo mixed-method riguardo la proposta e l’implementazione in classe di attività di apprendimento laboratoriale, che prevedono il coinvolgimento percettivo-motorio degli studenti come strategia di insegnamento della matematica. Nonostante la ricerca nei campi delle neuroscienze e della psicologia cognitiva, e gli studi condotti nel settore disciplinare della didattica della matematica abbiano evidenziato la rilevanza dell’esperienza attiva e corporea degli studenti nell’apprendimento della matematica, spesso l’insegnamento scolastico della disciplina sembra essere lontano da queste prospettive, fortemente ancorato a strategie d’insegnamento tradizionali, prettamente trasmissive. In questo studio, condotto in due contesti culturali molto distanti (quello Italiano e quello Australiano), vengono esplorate le ragioni di una tale distanza tra mondo della ricerca e mondo della scuola, investigando, in particolare, la prospettiva degli insegnanti di matematica di scuola primaria e secondaria riguardo la proposta e l’implementazione in classe di queste attività didattiche. L’indagine, oltre al diretto coinvolgimento degli insegnanti tramite un questionario online e interviste di follow-up, prevede interviste agli esperti nel campo della didattica della matematica e osservazioni in un ristretto numero di classi selezionate. Il lavoro finora condotto si è concentrato sullo sviluppo degli strumenti per l’investigazione di queste prospettive. Dati parziali, che riguardano il punto di vista degli esperti sull’oggetto di studio sono stati raccolti in Italia. Uno studio compilativo dei principali risultati della ricerca che ha per oggetto le pratiche di insegnamento investigate e la presenza di indicazioni ufficiali nei documenti curriculari e nelle politiche educative, nazionali e internazionali, completa il quadro di ricerca. / The research project is a mixed-method study on the proposal and implementation of active learning strategies that involve students’ bodies and movement in mathematics teaching practices. Despite both the research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and in mathematics education has increasingly highlighted the relevance of active, bodily experience in mathematics learning, often school teaching seems to be far removed from these perspectives, still largely transmissive. In this study, carried out in two different cultural contexts (Italy and Australia), the reasons for that distance are explored. The research aims to investigate the perspective of primary and secondary school teachers on these teaching proposals and their implementation in the classroom. In addition to the direct involvement of teachers, through an online questionnaire and follow-up interviews, the survey includes interviews with experts in the field of mathematics education and observations in a small number of selected classes. The work carried out so far has focused on the development of instruments to investigate these perspectives. Partial data concerning experts’ views on the object of study have been collected in Italy. A desk audit of the main research findings concerning the teaching practices under investigation and the presence of official indications in curricular documents and educational policies, both national and international, completes the research framework.

Language: Italian

Published: Lecce, Italy: Pensa Multimedia, 2021

ISBN: 978-88-6760-918-5

Series: Quaderni del Dottorato SIRD , 5

Book

Lillian de Lissa, Women Teachers and Teacher Education in the Twentieth Century: A Transnational History

Australasia, Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Lillian de Lissa - Biographic sources, Montessori method of education, Oceania

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Abstract/Notes: Beginning with Lillian de Lissa’s career as foundation principal of the Adelaide Kindergarten Training College in Australia (1907–1917) and Gipsy Hill Training College in London (1917–1947), and incorporating the lives and work of her Australian and British graduates, this book illuminates the transnational circulation of knowledge about teacher education and early childhood education in the twentieth century. Acutely aware of anxieties regarding the role of modern women and the social positioning of teachers, students who attended college under de Lissa’s leadership experienced a progressive institutional culture and comprehensive preparation for work as kindergarten, nursery and infant teachers. Drawing on a broad range of archival material, this study explores graduates’ professional and domestic lives, leisure activities and civic participation, from their initial work as novice teachers through diverse life paths to their senior years. Due to the interwar marriage bar, many women teachers married, resigned from paid work and became mothers. The book explores their experiences, along with those of lifelong teachers whose work spread across a range of educational fields and different parts of the world. Although most graduates spent their lives in Australia or England, de Lissa’s personal and professional networks traversed the British dominions and colonies, Europe and the USA, fostering fascinating global connections between people, places and educational ideas.

Language: English

Published: New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2016

ISBN: 978-3-0343-1955-3

Article

An Enriched Mathematical Program for Young Aboriginal Children

Available from: Cambridge University Press

Publication: The Aboriginal Child at School, vol. 20, no. 1

Pages: 15-37

Australasia, Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Indigenous communities, Indigenous peoples, Oceania

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Abstract/Notes: This paper provides some early results on a project designed to improve Aboriginal children's performance in mathematics, starting from their earliest introduction to number work. It explores the use of an enriched mathematics environment that minimally conflicts with traditional Aboriginal learning styles. The study is concerned with evaluating the effectiveness of a program intervention in remote Aboriginal schools, based on the results of pre- and post-interviews given to children at eight different schools in Western Australia at the beginning and end of 1989 and 1990. Comparison data with those for children at other schools are provided in this paper. The data derive from interviews with young children, and provide evidence on their performance in several key areas of early mathematics. Schools were categorized into three groups: White middle class; town Aboriginal and working class; and remote Aboriginal. The White middle class schools had the highest performance, followed by the town Aboriginal and White working class schools and the remote Aboriginal schools. There was a rather consistent gain in mean scores for most schools of around four points over the course of the first year so that existing differences between schools at the beginning of the year were still evident at the end of the year. At this stage it is difficult to conclude whether the intervention program has improved mathematics achievement for this group of remote Aboriginal children. There is at least no evidence of ‘progressive retardation’, which describes the current situation where Aboriginal children fall farther behind as they progress through school.

Language: English

DOI: 10.1017/S0310582200007707

ISSN: 0310-5822

Article

AMTEF Report

Publication: The Alcove: Newsletter of the Australian AMI Alumni Association, no. 5

Pages: 6

Australasia, Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Australian Montessori Teacher Education Foundation (AMTEF), Oceania

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Language: English

Doctoral Thesis

Impact of Education for Sustainability at a Montessori Primary School: From Silos to Systems Thinking

Available from: Murdoch University Research Repository

Australasia, Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Oceania, Sustainability

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Abstract/Notes: This research investigated Education for Sustainability (EfS) at an independent Montessori primary school, located in the Perth metropolitan area of Western Australia. A longitudinal case study involving analysis of data from a twenty year period was conducted to determine the effectiveness of EfS. Historical information about EfS at the school from 1990 to 2005 was examined, with the main focus of the study being on the impact of the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) between 2005 and 2009. AuSSI promotes a whole school, whole systems thinking approach to EfS. Three school-based issues in EfS were studied. Firstly, the research aimed to determine what elements of EfS were in operation in the school prior to involvement in AuSSI. Secondly, student outcomes including engagement with whole systems thinking, attitudes and values, knowledge and understandings, and skills and behaviours related to EfS, were investigated during the first five years of participation in AuSSI. Thirdly, teacher perceptions of the EfS program, including engagement with whole systems thinking, were examined during this same time period. A case study approach was employed to enable in-depth investigation of EfS in the life of the school prior to, during and post implementation of AuSSI. This approach facilitated revelation of participants' lived experiences, their perceptions and understandings of EfS, as well as detailed information about student outcomes in EfS. Case study methodology was also compatible with the culture and processes of the participating school and provided an opportunity for utilising a whole systems thinking approach. Data was gathered from a range of sources, through surveys, interviews, observation and document analysis over a five year period. The total participants included eleven teachers and seventy five students. The research identified particular antecedents of EfS in the Montessori Method of education that existed in the school prior to AuSSI, including the whole child approach, together with the Montessori learning environment, curriculum and values. Following participation in AuSSI, student attitudes and values, knowledge and understandings, and skills and behaviours related to EfS were enhanced for all year levels. However, after three years when specific EfS actions and projects ceased, student EfS outcomes were limited. Furthermore, students’ thinking and behaviour indicated a ‘silo’, rather than whole systems thinking approach to EfS. Teachers perceived the EfS program as highly effective in the initial three years after joining AuSSI. Key elements that enhanced EfS included EfS staff champions who had access to EfS networks, leadership support, and active school community involvement in all EfS processes. However, after three years of being an AuSSI school, the culmination of reduced leadership support for EfS, lack of staff training, vague designation of staff with EfS responsibilities and inadequate community involvement, resulted in cessation of the EfS program. Teacher perceptions on whole systems thinking revealed alignment between Montessori philosophy, EfS and whole system thinking was more in theory than in practice. Through an in-depth longitudinal case study of a school this research highlighted the importance of whole school EfS professional learning, embedding EfS and whole systems thinking across the curriculum at all year levels, whole school support, and the usefulness of a sustainability continuum that recognizes the complex, dynamic interplay of issues involved in a school’s EfS journey. It is strongly recommended improvements to pre-service teacher education in EfS are implemented, and a review of the AuSSI toolkit is conducted to refine EfS evaluation processes and to target the specific EfS needs of teachers at different stages of schooling, as well as to enhance understanding and implementation of the whole systems thinking approach. Finally, EfS professional learning for all school staff in all schools is warranted to enhance depth of EfS engagement.

Language: English

Published: Perth, Australia, 2012

Article

AMTEF Report

Publication: The Alcove: Newsletter of the Australian AMI Alumni Association, no. 8

Pages: 6

Australasia, Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Australian Montessori Teacher Education Foundation (AMTEF), Oceania

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Language: English

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