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An Evaluation of Montessori Education in South Carolina's Public Schools
Available from: The Riley Institute at Furman University
Abstract/Notes: With support from the Self Family Foundation and the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, the Riley Institute has completed a multi-year study of Montessori education in South Carolina’s public schools, the most comprehensive evaluation of public Montessori ever conducted in the United States. Between 2011 and 2016, this mixed-method study examined how Montessori impacts stakeholders in South Carolina and provided information needed to guide future investment in Montessori education. Researchers investigated the following as parts of the study: the extent to which schools implemented Montessori with fidelity; the demographic makeup of public school Montessori students; the effect of Montessori education on academic and behavioral outcomes; the impact of Montessori education on creativity, social skills, work habits, and executive function; and Montessori teachers’ perspectives on job satisfaction and the challenges of Montessori in the public sector. The study results demonstrate that students in public school Montessori classrooms across the state are faring well, as compared to similar nonMontessori public school students, when examining academic, behavioral, and affective outcomes.
Published: Greenville, South Carolina, 2018
Over de arbeidsschool
Available from: Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Amsterdam City Archives)
Publication: Montessori Opvoeding, vol. 4, no. 22
Date: Dec 10, 1921
Bright Beginnings Montessori Toddler and Preschool [San Mateo, California]
Publication: The National Montessori Reporter, vol. 27, no. 3
A Montessori Program in a Community School System
Publication: American Montessori Society Bulletin, vol. 12, no. 3
Výchova k míru v Montessori škole / Peace Education in a Montessori School
Available from: Univerzita Karlova Institutional Repository
Abstract/Notes: Diplomová práce popisuje problematiku výuky výchovy k míru na Montessori škole, přičemţ komplexně charakterizuje pojem výchova k míru, mapuje obsah jejích lekcí a pomůcek, které tvoří připravené prostředí Montessori třídy. Zajímalo mě zařazení výchovy míru do Montessori kurikula a její důleţitá role ve vzdělání, jelikoţ Marie Montessori věřila, ţe mír začíná v dětech. Pro zpracování praktické části jsem si vybrala akční výzkum, který probíhal na Základní škole Duhovka v Praze v Oranţové třídě, kde působím jako třídní učitelka od září 2020. Výzkum probíhal ve věkově smíšené třídě (1.–3. ročník ZŠ). Zaměřovala jsem se zejména na vyzkoušení lekcí se třídou a tvorbu a vyuţití materiálů pro připravené prostředí Montessori třídy. V závěru zhodnotím přínos výchovy k míru pro třídní kolektiv a jeho dynamiku, dále zhodnotím lekce a napíšu doporučení pro učitele, kteří by si je chtěli odučit. / This diploma thesis describes the issue of teaching Peace Education in a Montessori School. It comprehensively characterises the concept of Peace Education, mapping the content of lessons and materials which form part of the prepared environment of a Montessori class. I was interested in the inclusion of Peace Education in the Montessori Curriculum because it has an important role in education as Marie Montessori believed that peace begins in children. For the elaboration of the practical part, I chose action research which took place in Orange Class at Duhovka Elementary School – Prague, where I have been working as a class teacher since September 2020. The research was conducted in a mixed age class of Gd 1-3 students aged 6-9 years. I focused mainly on trying out the lessons with my class having created the materials for the prepared environment. In conclusion, I will evaluate the contribution of Peace Education for the class team and the changes of dynamics within the students in terms of respecting others. In addition, I will also reflect on the lessons and write recommendations for teachers who would like to use them.
Published: Prague, Czechia, 2021
Margaret Naumburg: Montessorian, Walden School, Progressive Educator
Available from: Springer Link
Book Title: America's Early Montessorians: Anne George, Margaret Naumburg, Helen Parkhurst and Adelia Pyle
Abstract/Notes: After completing her training in 1913, Margaret Naumburg, in her lectures and articles, portrayed a highly emotional and romanticized image of Maria Montessori. Naumburg established several Montessori schools in New York City: at the Henry Street Settlement in 1913; at the Leete School from 1914 to 1916; and in the New York public school system in 1915. Stymied by bureaucracy and inadequate funding, she abandoned her public school experiment. Moving from Montessorian principles, Naumburg identified increasingly with child-centered Progressive education but added a dimension from Jung’s Analytic Psychology which emphasized children’s need to free their emotions through imaginative, creative self-expression through art. She founded her own “Children’s School” in 1916 in New York City, subsequently renamed the Walden School. She is also famous for developing dynamically oriented Art Therapy.
Published: Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020
Series: Historical Studies in Education
Doctoral Dissertation (Ed.D.)
Negotiating Dual Accountability Systems: Strategic Responses of Big Picture Schools to State-Mandated Standards and Assessment
Available from: ProQuest - Dissertations and Theses
Abstract/Notes: The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 mandated that states implement standards and test-based accountability systems. In theory, local educators are free to select the means for teaching the standards so long as students achieve a predetermined proficiency level on the exams. What is unclear, however, is how this theory plays out in schools committed to educational approaches that are seemingly incompatible with state-determined standards and testing. This dissertation examines how such schools strategically respond to the opposing demands of their program design and these government mandates. This qualitative study focuses on five schools affiliated with the Big Picture Learning (BPL) network. BPL offers an example of an educational program whose emphasis on individualized interest-driven learning and authentic real-world assessment is not easily aligned with standards-driven content and tests. This study considers empirical research on school-level response to externally imposed accountability mandates (Carnoy, Elmore & Siskin, 2003). In addition, it draws on sociology's organization-environment relations literature including institutional isomorphism (DiMaggio & Powell, 1983), agency (DiMaggio, 1988; Oliver, 1991) and the theoretical models of bridging, buffering and decoupling (Scott & Davis, 2007) to create a conceptual framework of how these BPL schools negotiate competing expectations. Findings show that these schools filter state demands for accountability through the lenses of both individual teachers and Big Picture design. While taking action both to meet the demands and protect the core program, schools internalize the value of a standards-based curriculum and increase internal accountability to incorporate content-standards while simultaneously rejecting the validity of testing and gaming the system. Currently, failure to meet state mandates comes with such severe consequences that these schools may be forced to choose between radically morphing to survive or maintaining integrity and possibly closing. However, if the regulatory climate becomes less standardized and more qualitative, these schools could be forerunners in meeting revised mandates. The study suggests policy implications surrounding the intersection of belief systems, consequences and strategic responses. It offers a cautionary tale about the power of the state, the precarious nature of falling outside state norms and what prioritizing bureaucratic efficiency may mean for innovation in education.
Published: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2012
A Glimpse into a Montessori School [pamphlet]
Published: London, England: [s.n.], n.d.