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Doctoral Dissertation

An Intergrated Learning Programme for the Knysna Montessori School

Available from: SEALS (South East Academic Libraries System)

Africa, Knysna Montessori School (Knysna, South Africa), Montessori method of education, Montessori schools, South Africa, Southern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

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Abstract/Notes: In line with Montessori methodology, the Knysna Montessori School runs its programmes in an integrated and holistic manner. Learning programmes are based on a blend of various Montessori learning programmes and the Revised National Curriculum Statement (RNCS). Classes are divided into three year-age groupings; and integrated learning programmes are in place within the pre-school, (including grade R), the grade 1 to 3 class, and the grade 4 to 6 class. However, the grade 7 to 9 Montessori class has been running in a more traditional and less integrated manner since its inception in 2004. That has motivated the undertaking of this study. The main aim of this qualitative study has been to determine how to best arrange the RNCS according to Montessori principles, that is to say, in a holistic and integrated manner, with the intention of presenting a learning programme for the grade 7 to 9 class. This aim was based on a constructivist philosophical foundation and addressed in conjunction with interpretivism and critical theory. The grounded theory research paradigm was followed. In this paradigm research findings are grounded in the data gathering and the analysis. Three methods of data collection were applied, namely a literature review, interviews and document analysis. A literature review was conducted to gain a better overview and understanding of the RNCS and Outcomes-Based Education (OBE). Furthermore, through the literature review, an in-depth understanding of the Montessori method of education, adolescent development and integrated and holistic education have been achieved. Interviews were conducted with staff from the Knysna Montessori School, with the purpose of gathering information on the Knysna Montessori School and its current application to the RNCS, from pre-school to grade 6. An availability and purposive sampling method was applied, in order to determine which staff members to interview. Finally, document analysis was done. The learning areas for the senior phase (grades 7 to 9) of the General Education and Training Band (GET) of the RNCS were coded and analysed in order to discover emergent themes within the RNCS and how these link with the Montessori curriculum arrangement for this age group. It became apparent that Montessori classrooms, both prior to and for the senior phase, are divided into three areas, namely language, mathematics and cultural studies. Based on this knowledge, as well as the documentary analysis, an integrated learning programme, grounded in the data analysis, was designed. It was found that the RNCS matches well with Montessori’s curriculum arrangement. Thus, this learning programme is in line with Montessori’s curriculum arrangement for the senior phase of the GET band. Such a curriculum arrangement integrates the learning outcomes and assessment standards from arts and culture, economic and management sciences, life orientation, natural sciences, social sciences and technology into different studies. These are globally referred to as cultural studies. However, specific attention was also given to moral education, self-expression through music, art and drama, entrepreneurship, career education and sport. The conclusion was reached that an integrated learning programme, based on Montessori principles and in line with the RNCS requirement, is possible for the Knysna Montessori School.

Language: English

Published: Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 2010

Article

Grounds for Change: Learning Through Landscapes in Britain

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 20, no. 2

Pages: 53-57

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Abstract/Notes: Discusses the role of the Learning through Landscapes organization in Britain, which emphasizes the importance of suitable school grounds and gardens for the effective environmental education of children. Also discusses briefly how school grounds can be used in geography, science, mathematics, and physical education instruction. (MDM)

Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Video Recording

Demonstrating Montessori

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

Montessori materials, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: Practical Life (Pouring), Language (Word-Picture Matching Game, 5:47), Mathematics (Transition from concrete material (gold beads) to abstract (stamp game), 11:48), Geography (uniting geography and science sequences (land, air, water),14:41), Sensorial (combining cylinders and cylinder grid, 16:57)

Runtime: 27 minutes

Language: English

Published: [United States of America], 1980

Article

The NAMTA Montessori Bibliography: A Bibliography of Sources in the English Language, 1909-1993. Second Edition

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 19, no. 3

Bibliographies, Mary Maher Boehnlein - Writings, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: Catalogs Montessori citations in the literature. References are divided by 89 topic areas, including classroom management; evaluation, testing, assessment; bilingual education; gifted and talented education; Head Start; history-social studies; language arts; mathematics; Montessori method; parent education; practical life; reviews of research; standards; and television. Each topic section contains a brief description of the type of material cited.

Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Thesis

El Tablero de Montessori como material educativo en el aprendizaje de noción de multiplicación en los estudiantes del tercer grado de la Institución Educativa Primaria No. 70025 Independencia Nacional Puno - 2018

Available from: Universidad Nacional del Altiplano - Institutional Repository

Americas, Elementary education, Latin America and the Caribbean, Mathematics education, Montessori materials, Montessori method of education, Peru, South America

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Abstract/Notes: El objetivo de la investigación es determinar la eficacia del Tablero de Montessori como material educativo en el aprendizaje de noción de la multiplicación, se trabajó con el grupo control con 23 estudiantes y el grupo experimental con 26 estudiantes, en ellos se desarrolló contenidos que dan sustento teórico a la variable independiente el Tablero de Montessori y también contenidos relacionados con la variable dependiente es el aprendizaje de la multiplicación, cuya metodología; es de tipo experimental y de diseño cuasi-experimental, para la contratación de las hipótesis se utilizó la estadística descriptiva y la inferencial con la prueba “t” de student para muestras independientes, concluyendo que; la aplicación del Tablero de Montessori como material educativo es eficaz en el aprendizaje de noción de la multiplicación de números naturales, porque el 80,7% de los estudiantes del grupo experimental se ubican en la escala de logro esperado a logro destacado, con notas en los intervalos de 14 a 20 puntos, observando que, 21 estudiantes de 26, han logrado ubicarse en los estándares establecidos, además los estadísticos de grupo, muestran una media en la prueba de salida es 15,58 puntos con desviación estándar de 2,745, lo que evidencia menos dispersión, mayor homogeneidad y por ende un eficaz rendimiento académico, por el valor de probabilidad de 0,000 se demuestra que la prueba es significativa a un 95% de confianza, finalmente la prueba “t” de student calculada, muestra un valor de tc = 13,175 y cae en la zona de rechazo de la hipótesis nula, por tanto, queda demostrada la hipótesis de investigación.

Language: Spanish

Published: Puno, Peru, 2019

Article

Il binomio di Newton: Maria Montessori e l'algebra

Available from: Il Quaderno Montessori - Grazia Honegger Fresco

Publication: Il Quaderno Montessori, vol. 18, no. 68

Pages: 58-69

Algebra, Arithmetic, Binomial theorem, Mathematics education

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Language: Italian

ISSN: 2239-5326

Article

Montessori e la matematica

Available from: Il Quaderno Montessori - Grazia Honegger Fresco

Publication: Il Quaderno Montessori, vol. 11, no. 42

Pages: 5-19

Mathematics education, Montessori method of education, Sensorial materials

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Language: Italian

ISSN: 2239-5326

Book

The Montessori Controversy

Americas, Language arts, Mathematics education, Montessori method of education, North America, Practical life exercises, Prepared environment, Sensorial materials, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: In this text information is provided on Montessori philosophy and teaching practices, including curriculum materials. Recent research on the effects of the Montessori school experience is also reviewed.

Language: English

Published: Albany, New York: Delmar, 1992

ISBN: 0-8273-4517-8 978-0-8273-4517-1

Article

Can the Montessori Method Have Developments in Secondary Education?

Publication: MoRE Montessori Research Europe newsletter

Pages: 6-7

⛔ No DOI found

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Abstract/Notes: Maria Montessori’s method is deservedly well-known in the child education field, where thebrilliant educationist successfully extended to normal children what she had experimented with subnormal ones. The applicative method in the “Children’s Homes”, destined to welcome children from three to six years of age, was later developed for very young children in the Montessori Birth Centres and for the slightly older children in primary school. Now, we wonder whether it also has interesting aspects for lower and upper secondary schools. Montessori indeed devised a complete course of development divided into four six-year periods, as Comenius had already done. She thus did not limit herself to childhood and wrote a book Dall’infanzia all’adolescenza which gives an affirmative answer to the question and provides some guidelines. But, especially her son, Mario Montessori, working in many courses on psychoarithmetic and psychogeometry, showed how the directive principles of the method are not only applicable, but are indeed very effective also for lower secondary schools. Mathematics offers particularly useful examples. But even the grammatical and logical analysis performed by affixing labels indicating the functions of various parts of the discourse, already started up in the Montessori method for primary schooling, both for Italian and foreign languages, may be extended to lower secondary schools. The abstract essence of the symbols take on a tangible feature without renouncing their conveyance of concepts. The education of preadolescents and adolescents is not, however, only intellectual. It is also an education for feelings, openness to social cooperation and character building. The broader range of Montessorian thought is felt in education for peace, meant as a world task. And, opening up to multiculturalism and combating every discrimination, it offers secondary education challenging perspectives. Thus, religious education, which in Spain and Italy Maria Montessori linked to Catholic education, may be extended in an ecumenical spirit also to other religions, such as the oriental ones that she got to know in India.

Language: English

ISSN: 2281-8375

Master's Thesis

The Montessori Intervention Model for Early Childhood Education

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Abstract/Notes: This master's thesis examines the Montessori Method as it relates to social learning theory. Much of the subject matter grew out of an attempt to synthesize Montessori methodology and social learning principles in a Montessori school. Chapter I discusses the requirements of quality educational intervention and provides a historical overview of the Montessori movement. Chapter II discusses the theory and proposed implementations of the Method. Chapter III focuses on the Montessori teacher. Chapter IV introduces social learning theory and discusses how the principles of human behavior, as defined through social learning research, might be employed to support spontaneity and freedom in a social learning environment such as the one Montessori envisioned. Chapter V provides a summary and makes recommendations regarding the instructional method and teacher training. Appendices include: (1) a list of Montessori exercises and related aims for practical life, sensorial, mathematics, and language for children aged 2 l/2 - 8 years; (2) sample Montessori exercises in the curriculum areas listed above; (3) a chart relating Montessori exercise components with social learning components, and a flow chart of Montessori training techniques.

Language: English

Published: Thousand Oaks, California, 1979

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