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Article

Learning to Write by the Montessori Method

Publication: Communications (Association Montessori Internationale, 195?-2008), vol. 1986, no. 4

Pages: 7-16

Montessori materials, Montessori method of education, Moveable alphabet, Writing - Instruction and study

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Language: English

ISSN: 0519-0959

Conference Paper

Montessori-based Design of Long-term Child-Robot Interaction for Alphabet Learning

Available from: ACM Digital Library

Asia, Central Asia, Human-computer interaction, Information and communications technology (ICT), Kazakhstan, Language acquisition, Language education, Montessori method of education, Moveable alphabet, Reading, Robotics in education, Technology and children

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Abstract/Notes: The transition of the Kazakh alphabet from Cyrillic to Latin, set to be fully implemented by 2031, poses unwanted challenges to early and continuous literacy development and acquisition of the new script. This creates a need to design innovative learning solutions to boost children's motivation in acquiring the new Kazakh Latin alphabet. The Montessori method has proven itself effective for young children to engage in self-directed and developmentally appropriate literacy acquisition. These core ideas have been carefully adopted to establish design principles for the robotic system that is adhering to the principles of the Montessori pedagogy. This paper proposes a robotic system named Moveable -l-pbi and details its interaction design life cycle from understanding users and establishing requirements to designing, and implementing robot behaviours and validating them with the Montessori practitioner. This process was iterative that involved several cycles of piloting the system with children of targeted age groups and redesigning the learning activities. With the aim to evaluate the proposed system and to find the most cognitively rewarding way of learning the alphabet, we conducted a mixed-subject design experiment with 60 Kazakh children aged 8-10 years old from a local public school where we compare the proposed Moveable -l-pbi robotic system with a baseline Montessori human teacher. The results demonstrate the potential of the robot as a Montessori teacher in providing foundational letter acquisition over multiple sessions. Implications for improving the interaction design and activities are discussed based on the findings.

Language: English

Published: New York, New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Mar 2023

Pages: 691–695

DOI: 10.1145/3568294.3580175

ISBN: 978-1-4503-9970-8

Article

Hands on Learning

Publication: Montessori Voices [Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand], vol. 49

Pages: 6

Montessori materials, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: moveable alphabet, pink tower, golden beads, world puzzle map

Language: English

ISSN: 1178-6213, 2744-662X

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Relevant Professional Development: Reflective of Adult Learning Styles

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Montessori materials, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: This action research project was instigated to determine the effects of professional development (PD) for practicing Montessori teachers using the Montessori Language materials. The specific targeted materials included: vocabulary cards, sound analysis, sandpaper letters, moveable alphabet, pencil use, and reading. The research took place during a four week period in a large west coast Montessori school that serves children between 18 months and 12 years old. The teachers who participated in the study all worked with children between the ages of 3 – 6 years old. The data was collected using a provider journal (notes taken by the researcher during the PD sessions), questionnaires and weekly teacher logs. The researcher used available PD literature to plan and execute the study, which highlighted the importance of teachers participating in PD that was designed around participant identified content. The literature also provided guidance as to the content methods to incorporate into the PD sessions. At the conclusion of the study, findings revealed that the teachers benefited from support in all the language categories listed. They also became aware of the content delivery methods that best met their individual needs. Future research is needed to determine the content and delivery needs of teachers in different stages of their careers.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2016

Doctoral Dissertation (Ed.D.)

Project-Based and Student-Centered Learning in Teaching the Montessori Social Development Curriculum

Available from: ProQuest - Dissertations and Theses

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to explore how Montessori middle school educators described the use of project-based and student-centered learning to teach social development to their adolescent female students in the southeast region of the United States. The theoretical framework providing a lens for this examination of project-based and student-centered learning and how teachers described how such learning exercised on their students’ social development was Vygotsky’s social learning and development theory. Two research questions were posed for this study. RQ1 asked: How do Montessori middle school educators describe the use of project-based learning to teach social development to their adolescent female students? RQ2 asked: How do Montessori middle school educators describe the use of student-centered learning to teach social development to their adolescent female students? The sample (N = 30) completed 30 questionnaires, 10 individual semi-structured interviews via Zoom, and a 3-member focus group via Zoom. The sampling strategy was purposeful sampling. All participants originated from the southeast region of the United States and represented one school. An open-ended questionnaire, semi-structured interviews, and a focus group were the sources of data. Thematic analysis with an inductive coding approach was performed to identify, analyze, and report patterns emerging from the data. Four key themes emerged: (a) promoting the construction of knowledge; (b) student voice and choice; (c) student ownership and agency; (d) construction of learning. The results highlighted the important role that Montessori middle school educators play when teaching adolescents girls.

Language: English

Published: Phoenix, Arizona, 2021

Doctoral Dissertation (Ph.D.)

Architecture and Students' Physical Activity in Learning Environments

Available from: University of Notre Dame Australia

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Language: English

Published: Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, 2022

Doctoral Dissertation (Ed.D.)

Toward an Improved Model of Education: Maria Montessori, Karl Popper, and the Evolutionary Epistemology of Human Learning

Available from: Lehigh University Library

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Abstract/Notes: Although most Americans steadfastly maintain that getting a good education guarantees a better society and opens the door to more rewarding careers, it is debated regularly whatthe best set of educational priorities and practices that constitute good schoolingshould be. Sociopolitical considerations of power and control have often driven the agendas of educational reform movements in the United States, and these agendas have typically clustered around adult priorities and ideas of how knowledge should be “transmitted” to children (Cuban, 2003, 2004; Kliebard, 1995, 2002; Perkinson, 1968, 1980, 1984; Tyack & Cuban, 1995). It is asserted in this dissertation that approaches to educational reform should instead be derived from an informed understanding of naturalistic human learning so that curricular structures and pedagogical practices start from children and work backwards in support of their intrinsic curiosity and search for regularities in the world around them...

Language: English

Published: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 2012

Master's Thesis

Montessori Education and Learning in Living Systems

Available from: American Montessori Society

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Language: English

Published: Beverly, Massachusetts, 2012

Doctoral Dissertation (Ed.D.)

Learning as Development: Reflections of Former Montessori Students

Available from: American Montessori Society

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Language: English

Published: Moraga, California, 2014

Doctoral Dissertation

Learning by Doing with Maria Montessori's Fraction Material- an Analysis of Operations and Methematical Processes of Understanding of Primary School Children

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Abstract/Notes: Parent-teacher partnership could dramatically improve educational outcomes for students (Bikmaz & Guler, 2003; Epstein, 2001). However, most teachers and parents lack knowledge and resources for creating this relationship (Christenson, 2004; Epstein, 2001; Henderson & Mapp, 2002). The interactive handbook is a tool for Montessori elementary educators and parents that addresses the common barriers to connection and develops a partnership to provide a continuation of lessons and values from the classroom to the home. The implementation is focused on the Montessori elementary context as it correlates to the "cosmic education" philosophy. Current parents and teachers in the public and private sector of Montessori elementary education evaluated the handbook, and their feedback was incorporated to be the most relevant and effective tool possible. [Reviewed in AMI Communications 2008/1]

Language: English

Published: Münster, Germany, 2006

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