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Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effects of a Book Club on Montessori and Parent Education

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: This study was implemented to research the effects of parent education and parents understanding of Montessori, in the form of a parent book club. The aim of this action research project was to improve parents understanding of the basic concepts of the Montessori Method with the goal to persuade parents to keep their students in a Montessori environment as long as possible. This study was conducted in a small private Montessori school. All participants had children that were enrolled in the Montessori school. Data collection was gathered using a pre/post survey, self-assessment surveys, videotaping of the book club sessions, and guided discussion questions. Results suggest that parent education was beneficial regarding parents understanding of the Montessori Method. Results also showed that through parent education parents had more questions about the nuances of education in general after the book club concluded. Through a detailed analysis of the pre and post survey, self-assessment surveys, guided discussion questions, and video recording a secondary result, the creation of community and like-minded individuals, presented itself as a beneficial outcome of parent education. The issue of Montessori students and their transition from a Montessori environment to a traditional educational setting was identified and poses the need for additional research. Overall, findings suggest that as Montessori educators we can strengthen the Montessori movement with the implementation of parent education and additional research.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2014

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Montessori in the Home and Connections to Parent Education

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this study was to make more connections from the school to home environment and allow for more parent education opportunities. There were six families included in the study. Home visits were conducted prior to school starting to gain a better understanding about the child’s current home environment. Each week small workbags containing suggestions and pictures on how to organize the home environment, sample fine motor activities from the classroom environment, articles about child development or Montessori, and resources were sent home to families. The families kept these bags for a week and then returned them with a feedback form. Data collection was gathered through pre/post surveys with feedback forms, and observations of morning drop off with parent and child. The findings of this study support prior research in that parents actively engaged with their child’s educational journey will help to support their child in more meaningful ways in the home environment. Through analyzing and summarizing my findings this study provides parents and teachers with more resources on how to successfully implement a variety of parent education tools throughout the beginning of the school year.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2014

Article

A Parent's Guide to What's Happening in Education

Available from: ProQuest - Women's Magazine Archive

Publication: Better Homes and Gardens, vol. 54, no. 3

Pages: 6, 8, 10-11

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Language: English

ISSN: 0006-0151

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Aggressive Play: Contributing Factors of Parental Roles on 3-6-Year Old Boys

Publication: College of St. Elizabeth Journal of the Behavioral Sciences, vol. 1

Pages: 27-30

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Abstract/Notes: This study assessed whether there is a correlation between parenting styles (permissive, authoritative, and authoritarian) and the level of aggressive acts and aggressive language in children's play. The participants were 31 parents and their preschool-age boys from a suburban Montessori School in Northwestern New Jersey. A parenting style survey from Active Parenting was used to assess the parent's discipline style. Following this, by the use of event sampling forms, the children of the participating parents were assessed for the level of aggression during play. The results indicated that there was no significant correlation between parenting style, level of aggressive acts and language.

Language: English

ISSN: 1940-154X

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Parents Ask . . . About Cooperation

Publication: Forza Vitale!, vol. 21, no. 3

Pages: 14

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Language: English

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Parents Ask . . .

Publication: Forza Vitale!, vol. 17, no. 1

Pages: 16–17

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Abstract/Notes: Getting ready in the morning

Language: English

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Parents Ask . . . About Community

Publication: Forza Vitale!, vol. 23, no. 3

Pages: 17–18

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Language: English

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Parents Ask . . . About Summer

Publication: Forza Vitale!, vol. 19, no. 3

Pages: 8–9

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Language: English

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Parents Ask . . . About Homework

Publication: Forza Vitale!, vol. 19, no. 1

Pages: 8–9

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Abstract/Notes: "What can I do at home to complement the Montessori program?"

Language: English

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Parents Ask . . . About Multiculturalism

Publication: Forza Vitale!, vol. 22, no. 2

Pages: 22

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Language: English

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