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Doctoral Dissertation

Skolans Levda Rum och Lärandets Villkor: Meningsskapande i Montessoriskolans Fysiska Miljö [The School's Living Space and the Conditions of Learning: Creating Meaning in the Montessori School's Physical Environment]

Architecture, Design, Environment, Europe, Nordic countries, Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Sweden

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Abstract/Notes: This study examines the school’s physical environment as a place of learning, and takes its starting point in the phenomenology movement, inspired both by Merleau-Ponty’s thesis of man’s physical relation to the world and by the existential analysis represented by Heidegger which implies a mutual relationship between man and the world. Such a view rejects a standpoint which describes man as being divided between a material body and a thinking soul. Instead, there emerges an embodied self which engages in meaningful interaction with its surroundings. The choice of this standpoint has implications for the design of the school’s physical environment. Montessori pedagogy is one of the activity-based pedagogies which have designed the physical environment in line with this theory. The purpose of the study is to understand, but further to visualise, the way in which the conditions for learning for children and adolescents are created in schools, from pre-school to lower secondary level, which follow the Montessori pedagogy. The material for the empirical study has been gathered from Europe and the US and from differing social contexts. The reason for this is to discover what distinguishes the prepared environment. The study also discusses the way in which the argument for a form of schooling which is based on activity, from the early 20th century to the present day, has been addressed through the architectural design of schools. The thesis shows that the rich array of didactic material in the schools observed offers pupils the opportunity to perform activities which create meaning. The organisation of the environment provides the pupils with the necessary conditions to concentrate fully on their work and to complete their tasks without interruption. I see the didactic continuity which prevails from pre-school to the lower secondary school in the Montessori schools studied as a prerequisite if the pedagogical activity is to offer meaning and create the conditions for learning in the way demonstrated by the empirical studies.

Language: Swedish

Published: Stockholm, Sweden, 2012

Blog Post

Are Montessori Schools Better Than Public Schools?

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Abstract/Notes: Dr. Angeline Lillard discusses her new research on the benefits of a Montessori education.

Language: English

Published: Dec 16, 2021

Report

The Possibility of Public Montessori Schools: Examining the Montessori philosophy and its prospect in American public schools

Available from: Vanderbilt University Institutional Repository

Americas, Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc., North America, Public Montessori, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: In an effort to explore the ways in which Montessori curriculum and public schools are cooperative or mutually exclusive, I will examine the principles of the Montessori philosophy as set forth by Dr. Maria Montessori in the areas of learners and learning, the learning environment, the curriculum and instructional strategies, and student assessment. After examining these sectors of the Montessori method, I will discuss theoretical possibilities in adapting the Montessori method to the American public school system in the early 21st century. For the purpose of this paper, I will refer to the author of the Montessori method, as "Dr. Montessori" and call the general method or portions thereof as "Montessori."

Language: English

Published: Nashville, Tennessee, 2007

Article

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Montessori-skole: die ander kant [Montessori Schools: The Other Side]

Available from: IngentaConnect

Publication: Koers: Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap / Bulletin for Christian Scholarship, vol. 60, no. 1

Pages: 155-158

Montessori method of education, Montessori schools

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Abstract/Notes: Na aanleiding van die artikel “Die invloed van die New Age-beweging op die onderwysagenda van die toekoms” deur Lien van Niekerk en Corinne Meier van die Departement Historiese Opvoedkunde van Unisa (vgl. Koers, 59 (1) 1994:69-84) wil ek graag ’n ander sy van Montessori-skole onder die aandag van Koers lesers bring. [Following the article "The influence of the New Age movement on the education agenda of the future" by Lien van Niekerk and Corinne Meier from the Department of Historical Education of Unisa (cf. Koers, 59 (1) 1994:69-84) I would like to bring another side of Montessori schools to the attention of Koers readers.]

Language: Afrikaans

DOI: 10.4102/koers.v60i1.625

ISSN: 0023-270X, 2304-8557

Doctoral Dissertation (Ed.D.)

Examination of Montessori Training: Experiences of People of Color in Public and Charter Montessori Schools

Available from: ProQuest - Dissertations and Theses

Americas, Montessori method of education - Study and teaching, Montessori method of education - Teacher training, Montessori training courses, Montessori training courses, North America, Teacher training, Teachers, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: This research consisted of a qualitative phenomenological study of public and charter Montessori educators who are linked with Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) teacher training. This study aimed to explore the lived experiences of people of Color associated with AMI teacher training and public or charter schools. The problem statement to be addressed in this study is limited Montessori-trained teachers of color noted in Montessori research and limited representation of people of color in public and charter Montessori schools. Experiences of people of color associated with Montessori have not been shared to the extent of their White counterparts. The guiding theoretical framework of the study is the Montessori methodology. The lived experiences of 14 study participants identified the phenomenon of the study. The Montessori participants, educators of color shared their lived experiences from one of three perspectives: teaching as a fully trained Montessori guide, teaching while enrolled in Montessori teacher training, or working as a Montessori assistant under a trained guide while enrolled in Montessori training. Five major themes emerged from nine interview questions: (1) training experience, (2) work/course load, (3) social emotional wellness, (4) training deficits, and (5) financial implications. Implications that emerged from the study’s findings were connected to social emotional wellness, the intensity of AMI teacher training, and a need for supplemental knowledge of practices outside of Montessori.

Language: English

Published: Jonesboro, Arkansas, 2023

Article

Die Montessori-Schulen [The Montessori Schools]

Publication: Politische Studien [Political Studies], vol. 32[?]

Pages: 287

Europe, Germany, Montessori method of education, Montessori schools, Western Europe

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Language: German

ISSN: 0032-3462

Article

National Montessori Head Start Clearinghouse [Marotta Montessori Schools of Cleveland, Ohio]

Available from: ERIC

Publication: MPSC Update [Montessori Public School Consortium (Cleveland, OH)], vol. 2, no. 3

Pages: 6

Americas, Montessori schools, North America, Public Montessori, United States of America

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Language: English

Article

Standards for Montessori schools

Publication: Montessori News

Pages: 2

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Language: English

ISSN: 0889-6720

Article

Parent Education in Montessori Schools

Publication: Point of Interest, vol. 2, no. 5

Pages: 1–4

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Language: English

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Same Age Children in One Class [public Montessori schools]

Publication: Point of Interest, vol. 5, no. 9

Pages: 1–3

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Language: English

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