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Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effects of Using Nature-Based Space and Materials on the Children’s Concentration Levels in an Early Childhood Montessori Environment

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research

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Abstract/Notes: This research study explored the effects of using nature-based space and materials on the children’s concentration levels in an early childhood Montessori environment. Nineteen 3-6-year-olds participated in the study for four weeks. The researcher designed and implemented two interventions, nature-based space and nature-based materials, inside an early childhood Montessori environment. The purpose was to holistically improve the children’s concentration levels by being exposed to a nature-based area and materials. The data collection process relied on four qualitative and quantitative data tools: tally sheets, general observational notes, rate sheets, and measurement notes. The data analyzed in this research study suggests exposing young children to both nature-based space and materials in the learning environment is beneficial to their concentration levels. Lastly, the researcher considers further investigation of the effects of being exposed to nature and technology on the children’s brain by using scientific devices to read and interpret the brain activity.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2020

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Announcement [Materials by Gonzagarredi of Italy approved by AMI]

Publication: Communications (Association Montessori Internationale, 195?-2008), vol. 1995, no. 2/3

Pages: 47

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Language: English

ISSN: 0519-0959

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Improving Assessment Outcomes in Algebra and Functions Through Concrete Materials and Direct Instruction

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc., Upper elementary

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Abstract/Notes: Critical thinking consists of the mental processes, strategies, and representations individuals use to solve problems, make decisions, and learn new concepts. We observed our 6th-year students struggling with algebra functions and problem-solving. These observations motivated us to engage in active research to improve the students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We administered interventions that supported the language transfer between traditional mathematical language and Montessori mathematical terms. We utilized direct instruction with concrete algebra materials to lead the students to abstract work in algebra. We also used formal assessments and observations to decide what lessons the students should get next. Our explicit instruction included Hands-On Equations created by Borenson to provide students with a concrete representation of algebraic skills and guide them to abstract understanding. This action research occurred within an Upper Elementary Montessori classroom and included seven 6th-year students aged 11 to 12. Two Montessori co-teachers conducted the study within eight weeks during January and February of 2022. Overall, students showed improvement on assessments, enhanced interest in math, and increased confidence when utilizing their problem-solving skills on problems involving newly learned concepts.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2022

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The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: The Whole Is a Booster Rocket While the Separate Parts Are Only Trampolines: Or, Why We Must Present All the Materials

Publication: AMI Elementary Alumni Association Newsletter, vol. 31, no. 3

Pages: 10–11

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Language: English

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From the Materials Co-Ordinator . . .

Publication: AMI Elementary Alumni Association Newsletter, vol. 13, no. 1

Pages: 4

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Language: English

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Masks and Natural Materials

Publication: AMI Elementary Alumni Association Newsletter, vol. 12, no. 1

Pages: insert [unpaged]

Art

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Language: English

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Cosmic Education at the Elementary Level and the Role of the Materials

Publication: Communications (Association Montessori Internationale, 195?-2008), vol. 1998, no. 2-3

Pages: 14-27

Cosmic education

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Language: English

ISSN: 0519-0959

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Cosmic Education at the Elementary Level and the Role of the Materials

Publication: Communications (Association Montessori Internationale, 195?-2008), vol. 2004, no. 2-3

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Language: English

ISSN: 0519-0959

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Question and Answer (re: how materials are used)

Publication: Communications (Association Montessori Internationale, 195?-2008), vol. 1999, no. 1

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Language: English

ISSN: 0519-0959

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The Presentation of Materials in the Montessori Casa dei Bambini and Its Relationship to the Role of Imitation in Human Learning

Publication: Communications (Association Montessori Internationale, 195?-2008), vol. 2008, no. 1

Pages: 18–43

Children's House (Casa dei Bambini)

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Abstract/Notes: Sackett addresses in detail Montessori’s grasp of the importance of intrinsic motivation for imitative learning and discusses how the Montessori presentations of material assist natural development.

Language: English

ISSN: 0519-0959

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