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Doctoral Dissertation

Navigating the social/cultural politics of school choice: why do parents choose montessori? a case study

Available from: University North Carolina Greensboro

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Abstract/Notes: a "The underlying motives of school choice emerged as major courses of action to offer parents opportunities for education in the free market enterprise and to limit the racial desegregation of public schools. This policy became known as "freedom of choice." Historically, parental choice of schools was the option of parents who could afford the tuition of private or parochial schools. The first options for public school choice appeared during the 1960's. Today, magnet schools are the most popular form of school choice. Montessori schools have become a well-liked preference of magnet school options. Fifteen years ago, there were approximately 50 public Montessori schools in the United States. Today, there are between 250 and 300 public Montessori schools. While research has been accumulating on why parents choose a particular type of school (parochial, private, magnet, charter, or local public school) far less is known about why parents choose a particular curriculum. The purpose of this dissertation is to explore how parents navigate school choice decisions and why they choose Montessori schools over other available options. This dissertation further examines if parents' educational choices correspond to their reasons for selecting Montessori schooling and the impact family income and ethnicity have on their preference for Montessori. The methodology of this study utilized a mixed methods research medium. The mixed methods approach blended two different research strategies, qualitative and quantitative. Recognizing the overlap between qualitative and quantitative research methods, the data from self-report surveys were supplemented with semi-structured interviews. Three hundred surveys were distributed to the parents of the Montessori school and interviews were held with ten parents of the same school. Of the original 300 surveys, 132 were returned and comprised my final sample. The quantitative findings indicate that parents who choose the Montessori school use... OCLC Record: 866942318

Language: English

Published: Greensboro, North Carolina, 2007

Doctoral Dissertation

Measuring Parent Perception and Understanding of Montessori Education in Three Massachusetts Montessori Schools

Available from: University of Pepperdine

Americas, Montessori schools, North America, Parents - Perceptions, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: The Montessori method is a comprehensive, child-centered, developmentalist philosophy of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in Rome, Italy, in the early 1900s. The Montessori method differs from traditional approaches to education, and has had limited exposure in the U.S. until the last 20 years. Despite this growth, little research data exists on the effectiveness of the method or of parent understanding of the method. This research project attempted to determine parent understanding of the Montessori method of education at three Montessori schools in Massachusetts that educate children from toddlers to grade 8. The objective of the research was to design, implement, and analyze a survey that measured parent understanding of the Montessori principles and classroom practices. The survey was developed using the Montessori principles as the foundation. The goal was to determine both the extent of parent understanding of the Montessori principles and parent perception of how these principles are carried out in the Montessori classroom. Parents and guardians were asked a total of 10 questions, 7 of which were five-point Likert scales. The quantitative questions specifically addressed the six Montessori principles and were designed to test parents’ overall understanding of each principle. Responses ranged from a principle being not at all important to very important. The qualitative portion of the survey instrument utilized three open-ended, self-completed questions designed to reveal a range of parent perceptions about Montessori education and classroom practices. The surveys revealed that parent values and thinking do line up with some aspects of the Montessori method and philosophy. The surveys also revealed that parents seem to value classroom practices contrary to the founding principles. What parents value and what parents think about regarding concepts such as goal setting, achievement, competition with peers, and teachers preparing and presenting lessons is in direct contrast with some of the Montessori founding principles and intentions. If Montessori schools wish to remain viable, they will need to reconcile the Montessori principles with conflicting parent values and, further, determine how to better align their principles with parent views and desires for their children.

Language: English

Published: Malibu, California, 2015

Article

Awareness of Parents About Montessori Education: A Sample of Ankara and Seattle

Available from: DOAJ

Publication: Education Reform Journal, vol. 3, no. 2

Pages: 88-101

Americas, Middle East, Montessori method of education, North America, Parent education, Turkey, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this study is to examine the Montessori awareness of parents living in Ankara and living in Seattle and whose children are attending Montessori preschool. The study group of the research was created by 61 parents whose children are attending Montessori Preschool in Turkey/Ankara and 21 parents whose children are attending Montessori Preschool in USA/Seattle. The research data were collected through “General Information Form” and “Parent Conception Form”. While General Information Form has demographic questions, Parent Conception Form has questions about Montessori education to gauge awareness of parents. Parent Conception Form is a three point Likert-type form. IBM SPSS STATISTICS V23.0 was used in the analysis of the data. Frequency and percentage values ​​are used in the analysis of the data. As a result of the research, it was determined that the parents living in Ankara and sending their children Montessori Preschool in Ankara have similar thoughts to parents living in Seattle and sending their children Montessori Preschool in Seattle. It has been determined that all parents that is included in the research have knowledge about the Montessori approach-based education.

Language: English

DOI: 10.22596/erj2018.0302.88.101

ISSN: 2602-3997

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Parenting Resources: Redirecting Children's Behavior: A Parenting Course by Kathryn Kvols

Publication: Tomorrow's Child, vol. 7, no. 1

Pages: 22

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Language: English

ISSN: 1071-6246

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Parents' Column [Misbehavior while parent uses telephone]

Available from: University of Connecticut Libraries - American Montessori Society Records

Publication: The Constructive Triangle (1974-1989), vol. 11, no. 1

Pages: 32

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Language: English

ISSN: 0010-700X

Article

Follow the Parent: Parent Education at the Montessori School of Lake Forest

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 35, no. 1

Pages: 111-116

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Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

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Pour les parents [For the parents]

Available from: Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) - Gallica

Publication: La Nouvelle éducation, no. 50

Pages: 187-189

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Language: French

ISSN: 2492-3524

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Factors That Influence Parents' Choice of Pre-Schools Education in Malaysia: An Exploratory Study

Available from: International Journal of Business and Social Science

Publication: International Journal of Business and Social Science, vol. 2, no. 15

Pages: 115-128

Asia, Malaysia, Montessori method of education, Southeast Asia, Parents - Perceptions, School choice, Southeast Asia, ⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: The objective of this study is to identify the important factors contribute most to parents' choice of pre-school for their children. Parents' choice of pre-school is influenced by various factors that are mostly associated with the pre-school institution itself. Parent have different educational believes and preferences which puts them in a dilemma when making decision for their children pre-school education. it is important for pre-school businesses to meet the needs of both parents and children in order to attract and retain their customer. Data was collected using a survey questionnaire. The sample consisted of 162 parents who have pre-school children. Multiple regression analysis was used to identify the predictor variables that contributed to the choice of pre-schools. The main factors that influence parents' choice of pre-schools are branding, private-run institutions, safety and security, quality of teaching and hygiene. English medium and religion-based pre-schools are the preferred pre-schools chosen by these parents.

Language: English

ISSN: 2219-1933, 2219-6021

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effects of a Book Club on Montessori and Parent Education

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research

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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

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Talks from Parents: Parents Shouldn't Be Passive... What Should They Be?

Available from: University of Connecticut Libraries - American Montessori Society Records

Publication: Public School Montessorian, vol. 1, no. 1

Pages: 12

Public Montessori

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Language: English

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