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Doctoral Dissertation

Institutional Resistance to the Montessori Method: A Historical Case Study in the Adoption of Technologies of Instruction

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Abstract/Notes: The excitement accompanying the announcement of the Montessori method in the early part of the twentieth century did not presage its ultimate fate. Previous research has attributed rejection to Montessori's nationality, religious affiliation, professional training and Kilpatrick's evaluation in his monograph 'The Montessori System Examined'. This study investigated barriers within the adopting system rather than those associated with Montessori herself and in addition, compared the present environment for the adoption of technologies of instruction using computer-assisted instruction as an example. An analysis of the characteristics of computer assisted instruction and its innovation environment revealed many parallels with the Montessori method. Within the hierarchical system of education professors of education represented the apex of the system, superintendents constituted the middle portion while teachers occupied the least authoritative position. High status members who viewed the collection of didactic materials as a technological innovation, low status members who perceived the reorganization of time to accomodate students' needs as an organizational innovation, and marginal status members who regarded the shift from teacher-centered instruction to materials-centered instruction as a paradigmatic innovation could accept the Montessori method. However, partitioning the system of education into school building and classroom subsets effectively advanced both administrators and teachers to high status positions with the results that each group would reject the Montessori method as a paradigmatic innovation, particularly when the consequences of adoption formed part of the decision process. The early view of the didactic materials as a technological innovation gave way to the perspective that the process of designing and implementing the Montessori method was a paradigmatic innovation requiring the assumption that materials-centered instruction was as effective as teacher-centered instruction. The consequences of this restructured view of the system of education for each of the three groups would have been a loss of power, prestige and economic position.

Language: English

Published: Bloomington, Indiana, 1985

Article

How to Calm a Child in Distress

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Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 31, no. 3

Pages: 44-47

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Abstract/Notes: Whether it is helping any child who misses Mommy or Daddy, assisting a little one who has fallen and has a scrape or bump, or helping a family in an emergency situation, being a calm and caring adult who can offer kind words of encouragement provides nurturing and support to help children from Toddler through Middle School years through the challenges they encounter. During stress, the skin on the hand becomes even more sensitive (American Academy of Dermatology, 2007). [...]the relief felt in holding a loved one's hand is real and significant. [...]physical action can also help a child reduce feelings of stress, burn energy, and lower blood pressure. Does the daily, monthly, or yearly experience of an authentic Montessori environment determine or influence the opportunities for a fulfilling career, the ability to have healthy relationships, the tenacity to face problems with grit and perseverance, the desire to contribute to the world, the capability to make sense of the world and create a meaningful life, the development of a sense of purpose, the tendency to have feelings of generosity and compassion toward others?

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

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Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

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Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 28, no. 1

Pages: 15

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Abstract/Notes: (AMS-Accredited School) UNDERCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL TULSA, OK Undercroft Montessori Middle School students have established a business partnership with Tulsa Urban Bee Company to sell local, raw honey under the school's own label.[...]students will meet Dr. Mason to discuss the hard data and statistics of his research, as well as their own.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

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A Garden Grows in Texas

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Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 29, no. 2

Pages: 14

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Abstract/Notes: DISPATCHES SCHOOL OF THE WOODS, HOUSTON, TX Early Childhood classes are container gardening, growing bush beans, lettuce, squash, snow peas, carrots, and tomatoes, and learning science along the way. (AMS Full-Member School) MONTESSORI ACADEMY AT SHARON SPRINGS CUMMING, GA The Middle School students recently expanded their class businesses to provide additional learning opportunities.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

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YVUN Celebrates Its 4th Year!

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Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 18, no. 4

Pages: 1-12

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Abstract/Notes: This article discusses the formation of the Youth Visits the United Nations (YVUN) program. The program began in 2003 with funds provided by the Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant. Its purpose is to bring middle school students to New York to attend sessions of the United Nations, allowing these adolescents the opportunity to learn about global issues from several perspectives.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Article

Three Schools for One Cause

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Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 27, no. 3

Pages: 20-21

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Abstract/Notes: (AMS-Accredited School) XAVIER UNIVERSITY MONTESSORI TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM CINCINNATI, OH Candidates for an Early Childhood credential at Xavier University Montessori Teacher Education Program can now earn a double major and dual-state license in Early Childhood and Special Education in a 4-year undergraduate program. Says Barb Scholtz, an instructor at CMStep, "I am proud to say that Krista is a gem and that if ONE award has to be given (which I think is crazy), I'm glad it was she who got it!" (AMS Full-Member School) MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF DENVER DENVER, CO MSD Middle School students spent a week focused on Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World, by Jack Andraka, who, at age 15, developed an early detection test for pancreatic cancer (and who was a keynoter at the AMS 2015 Annual Conference). Additionally, combining inspiration from Jack's work with cancer patients and the MSD mission to do good in the world, students decorated lunch bags and birthday cards for Project Angel Heart, a local organization that delivers nutritious food to people living with life-threatening illness.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

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Honoring a Living Legacy

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Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 29, no. 1

Pages: 21

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Abstract/Notes: (AMS-Affiliated Teacher Education Program) NATURE'S CLASSROOM INSTITUTE & MONTESSORI SCHOOL MUKWONAGO, WI After leasing facilities for 20 years, the Nature's Classroom Institute & Montessori School has constructed a new school on 140 acres in the rural countryside of southeastern Wisconsin, affording more opportunities for integrating the natural environment into the curriculum.Recently, Middle School students worked in the organization's lab, using carbon dioxide in its liquid state to extract essential oils from citrus fruits; the oils can then be used in perfumes and scents, among other things.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Article

Going Out into Nature

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Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 29, no. 1

Pages: 16

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Abstract/Notes: DISPATCHES STARWOOD MONTESSORI SCHOOL, FRISCO, TX Middle School students spent three days in an immersive "Going Out" experience at the Nature's Classroom Institute in Bruceville, TX.With the volunteer help of a professional music producer, the students performed their own lyrics and managed the cameras in order to create CDs and DVDs of their original song, "We All Need Water."

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Article

The Power of One

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Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 28, no. 4

Pages: 16

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Abstract/Notes: (AMS-Accredited School) WOODINVILLE MONTESSORI SCHOOL BOTHELL, WA Middle School students built models of regional icons for their 3-D Pacific Northwest art projects.Models included representations of the Deception Pass Bridge, Seattle Center Monorail, Gum Wall, Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Great Wheel, Seattle Central Library, Seattle Post-Intelligencer globe, and Experience Music Project.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

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A "Montessori Market" Combats Food Insecurity

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Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 28, no. 4

Pages: 14

Upper elementary

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Abstract/Notes: DISPATCHES GREENSBORO MONTESSORI SCHOOL, GREENSBORO, NC During the school's annual "Montessori Market" program, campers used produce from local farms and from the school's own gardens to prepare homemade jams, zucchini bread, pesto, and salsa.Upper Elementary and Middle School students can now play interscholastic soccer and basketball, to complement the school's physical and health education programs.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

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