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Calls for Alternative Purposes of Education

Available from: Springer Link

Book Title: Learning to Live Together Harmoniously: Spiritual Perspectives from Indian Classrooms

Pages: 13-33

Asia, Classroom environments, Comparative education, India, South Asia, Spirituality, Teachers

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Abstract/Notes: This chapter explores the limitations of the modern and mass education systems and the consequent calls for alternative purposes of education. The modern education system is marred by reductionism, objectification, fragmentation, materialism, segregation, self-centrism, and anthropocentrism. These inevitably lead to the reproduction and propagation of inequality, arbitrary separations of me and them, fragmented societies, loss of reverence, awe and wonder for the world, and a limited understanding of an interconnected world. Instead, I explore alternative visions of education that prioritise an ecological and spiritual perspective regarding integral and holistic education that will eventually lead to harmony within oneself and wider society. I draw on my own personal reflections and experiences, data from practitioners in alternative schools, and the works of various Indian and international thinkers.

Language: English

Published: Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2023

Edition: 1st ed.

ISBN: 978-3-031-23538-2 978-3-031-23539-9

Series: Spirituality, Religion, and Education , 6

Book Section

Alternative Visions from Indian Thinkers and Schools

Available from: Springer Link

Book Title: Learning to Live Together Harmoniously: Spiritual Perspectives from Indian Classrooms

Pages: 35-55

Asia, Classroom environments, Comparative education, India, South Asia, Spirituality, Teachers

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Abstract/Notes: This chapter involves a deeper investigation into the work of various Indian educationists and thinkers, exploring their visions, recommendations, and direct and indirect impact on practice and policy. Notably, they call for an education for both an inner renewal and a social change, both through the process of education and as a result of it. This brings about an education that is intrinsically harmonious and also leads to an education for harmony. The chapter also introduces some of the alternative schools that the book draws upon, not only providing context to the schools, but also striving to create an immersive experience for the reader.

Language: English

Published: Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2023

Edition: 1st ed.

ISBN: 978-3-031-23538-2 978-3-031-23539-9

Series: Spirituality, Religion, and Education , 6

Book

Schul-Alternativen: Modelle anderer Schulwirklichkeit

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Language: German

Published: Düsseldorf, Germany: Schwann, 1982

Edition: 1st ed.

ISBN: 978-3-590-14250-3 3-590-14250-2

Series: Schwann Pädagogik

Book

Eine aktive Schulform: Ganterschwil, eine alternative Schule mit dem Blick auf Rebeca Wild, Jean Piaget und Maria Montessori

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Language: German

Published: Innsbruck, Germany: [s.n.], 1999

Report

Alternative Paths to Primary Education in Rural India: Five Case Studies of GAA-Assisted Educational Projects

Available from: xasia Repository

Asia, India, South Asia

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Abstract/Notes: This study analyses five educational projects in India that are supported by German Agro Action (GAA) and the European Union (EU) and are executed on the ground by Indian NGOs. Located in different geographical parts of India, the projects follow different ideological and pedagogical approaches. The study does not claim, especially given the size and diversity of Indian society, to represent the Indian educational situation as a whole. Rather, it intends to elucidate some alternative approaches adopted by the specific projects to overcome the existing shortcomings of the Indian primary educational system. Using a range of qualitative indicators pertaining to the educational philosophy of the organisations, their curriculum, pedagogy, relationship with the state, relevance, effectiveness etc. the study critically reflects on each of the project, each of which works in areas where educational facilities are not easily accessible. The study thus helps further understanding about how the deficiencies of primary education in India, with regard to the underprivileged sections of the Indian society in particular, can be innovatively addressed. It should be noted that all findings and interpretations are those of the study team and do not necessarily represent those of GAA.

Language: English

Published: Bonn, Germany, Nov 2006

Article

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Šiuolaikinių alternatyvių ugdymo įstaigų samprata ir istorinės ištakos / The Conception and Historical Sources of Alternative Modern Schools

Available from: Vilnius University Press

Publication: Acta paedagogica Vilnensia, vol. 13

Pages: 139–146

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Abstract/Notes: Straipsnyje pateikiama alternatyvių ugdymo įstaigų samprata, išryškinamas poreikis kurti alternatyvias ugdymo įstaigas. Siekiama parodyti jų istorinę raidą, atskleisti ištakas ir sąsajas su XX a. pradžios naujosiomis ir progresyviomis mokyklomis Vakarų Europoje ir JAV. / The article presents the conception of alternative schools, emphasizes the need to establish alternative educational institutions. Also the tips of alternative schools are presented: independent, religious community, some private, humanistic schools - M. Montessori, Waldorf, experimental schools, alternative state schools - „magnet", charter and others (other classifications exist too). The main attention is paid to Montessori and Waldorf schools. The author discloses the historical development of alternative schools, discovers historical sources and the connections with new and progressive schools of the beginning of XX century in the Western Europe and USA.

Language: Lithuanian

DOI: 10.15388/ActPaed.2004.13.9643

ISSN: 1392-5016, 1648-665X

Article

Montessori Education in Japan: Japanese Mothers' Perceptions

Available from: ISSUU

Publication: Montessori Leadership

Pages: 20-23

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Language: English

Article

Education to Wonder and Conclsuion: Religious Potential of the Child

Publication: NAMTA Quarterly, vol. 8, no. 4

Pages: 18-19

North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA) - Periodicals

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Language: English

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Analyzing the Selected Eurofit Test Batteries of the Children with Down Syndrome and Autism in the Age Range of 12-16 and Receiving Montessori Education

Available from: ERIC

Publication: African Educational Research Journal, vol. 10, no. 4

Pages: 439-446

Autism in children, Children with disabilities, Montessori method of education - Evaluation, Secondary education

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Abstract/Notes: It is aimed in this study to analyze the effects of the Montessori education method on children with Down syndrome and autism having special training who have received and not received Montessori education through the Eurofit test batteries selected for motor skills and physical fitness. A total of 20 male children with Down syndrome and autism in the age range of 12 to 16 and receiving and not receiving Montessori education at two different special education and rehabilitation centers in Kayseri were included in the study. The treatment group included a total of 10 children, 5 with Down syndrome and 5 with autism, and the control group of 10 children, 5 with Down syndrome and 5 with autism. While the volunteers included in the treatment group received Montessori education, those included in the control group received a traditional education. In the study, the volunteers performed the selected Eurofit tests including flamingo balance, plate tapping, sit and reach, handgrip and standing long jump tests. When the results of the Eurofit test batteries of the treatment and control groups were examined, plate tapping and standing long jump test results were found significant in the comparison of the pretest and posttest of the treatment group (p < 0.05). In the pretest and posttest comparison of the control group students, a significant difference was determined in the sit and reach test (p < 0.05). In the posttest comparison of the control and treatment groups, a statistically significant difference was determined between the pretest and posttest measurements of the plate tapping and between the pretest and posttest measurements of the standing long jump (p < 0.05). In the pretest comparison of the control and treatment groups, no statistically significant difference was found between the pretest and posttest of flamingo balance, pretest and posttest of plate tapping, pretest and posttest of sit and reach, pretest and posttest of standing long jump and pretest and posttest of handgrip measurements of the control and treatment groups (p > 0.05). Consequently, the use of Montessori education materials supports the big and small muscle groups of children with disabilities since most of them learn about an object through touch. In our study, when some activity and motor skills of the children with down syndrome and autism in the special rehabilitation school that uses the Montessori education method were analyzed, it was observed that there was an improvement in their physical activities and some motor skills according to the results of plate tapping, standing long jump and sit and reach tests. It is recommended that education programs can be prepared by using Montessori Approach as part of the education programs applied in preschool education institutions and that they can be used more widely together with traditional education programs.

Language: English

DOI: 10.30918/AERJ.104.22.074

ISSN: 2354-2160

Article

Pedagogia e Puericultura [Education and Childcare]

Available from: Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Amsterdam City Archives)

Publication: Montessori: rivista bimestrale dell'Opera Montessori, vol. 1, no. 4

Pages: 240-247

Americas, Central America, Europe, Georg Kerschensteiner - Philosophy, Latin America and the Caribbean, Mexico, Southern Europe, Spain

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Abstract/Notes: Contiene: Cooperazione fra scuola e comunità nel Messico; Centro nazionale d'informazioni pedagogiche; Una pubblicazione del Bureau International d'Education; Tre convegni pediatrici; La denunzia della nascita dei bimbi deformi; Studenti di medicina e avanguardisti; Le nuove disposizioni per la protezione dell'infanzia in Spagna; La biblioteca dei ragazzi; Giorgio Kerschensteiner. [Contains: School-Community Cooperation in Mexico; National Center for Pedagogical Information; A publication of the Bureau International d'Education; Three pediatric conferences; The denunciation of the birth of deformed babies; Medical students and avant-garde; The new provisions for the protection of children in Spain; The children's library; Giorgio Kerschensteiner.]

Language: Italian

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