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An Exploration of Parental Perceptions Surrounding the Influence of the Montessori Ethos Towards Education on Aspects of Children's Development
Available from: Taylor and Francis Online
Publication: Education 3-13
Pages: 15 p.
Abstract/Notes: This piece of practitioner research explored parents’ perceptions of Montessori education in the early years in the UK. Ten qualitative interviews were conducted online using Microsoft Teams and OneNote with parents whose children were aged between 2 and 5 years old (N = 10). Braun and Clarke's Reflexive Thematic Analysis was used to identify three themes: Positive attitudes towards the influence of Montessori on holistic development; Shared understanding of the Montessori ethos, and Influence of parents’ educational experiences on Montessori school choice. Parents valued Montessori's emphasis on independence and adapted their parenting style accordingly. However, financial constraints and limited availability of Montessori schools for primary and secondary education were identified as challenges. The study's limitations included recruitment challenges and a lengthy data analysis process. Future research could investigate how Montessori education supports children with special needs or in mathematical areas of learning.
Montessorı Eğitim Kurumlarındaki Çocukların Görsel Algı ve Çizim Becerileri Arasındaki İlişkinin İncelenmesi / The Examination of The Relationship Between Visual Perceptions and Drawing Skills of Children in Montessori Preschools
Available from: DergiPark Akademik
Publication: Kastamonu Eğitim Dergisi / Kastamonu Education Journal, vol. 24, no. 5
Abstract/Notes: The aim of this study is to examine the relationships between the visual perception and drawing skills of children in the Montessori preschools. In this regard relational secreening model was used. The study group was composed of 83 children in Montessori preschools located in Ankara province. The data of research was collected by using the Bender Gestalt Visual motor Perception Test developed by Bender (1983) and Goodenough-Harris Draw-aPerson Test developed by Goodenough and revised by Harris (1963). It was detected that as the visual perceptions of children increased, the drawing skills also increased. / Montessori eğitim kurumlarındaki okul öncesi dönem çocuklarının görsel algı ve çizim becerileri arasındaki ilişkinin incelenmesi amaçlayan bu çalışmada ilişkisel tarama modeli kullanılmıştır. Çalışma grubunu Ankara’da bulunan Montessori eğitim kurumlarına devam eden 83 okul öncesi dönem çocuğu oluşturmaktadır. Çalışmada araştırmacılar tarafından geliştirilen ve çocukların sosyo-demografik bilgilerini sorgulayan bilgi formu, Bender (1938) tarafından geliştirilen ve Türkçe’ye uyarlaması Yalın (1980) ve Somer (1988) tarafından yapılan “Bender-Gestalt Görsel Algı Testi” ve Goodenough (1926) tarafından geliştirilip Harris (1963) tarafından yeniden düzenlenen “Goodenough-Harris Adam Çizme Testi” kullanılmıştır. Araştırma sonucunda çocukların görsel algı ve çizim becerileri arasında pozitif yönlü düşük düzeyde anlamlı bir ilişinin var olduğu görülmüştür.
Teachers’ Perceptions of Supporting Pre-School Children in Self-Learning in Montessori Classrooms: A Case Study of Three Saudi Pre-Schools
Publication: Multi-Knowledge Electronic Comprehensive Journal for Education and Science Publications, no. 37
Abstract/Notes: Teaching at pre-school in Saudi Arabia can involve the use of many types of teaching methods, and the Montessori educational system is one approach that can be used. Over time, this method has gained value and popularity due to its promotion of a self-learning strategy. This current study aims to explore the perceptions of Montessori teachers working in Saudi Arabia about their role in supporting a self-learning strategy for pre-school children. The research sample comprised Montessori teachers working at three schools in Saudi Arabia. Data was collected by undertaking qualitative semi-structured interviews and using an unstructured questionnaire. The interviews was piloted in advanced. The findings show that most of the Saudi pre-school teachers who participated are knowledgeable about teaching the Montessori system in the classroom, and have knowledge of applying the self-learning strategy. However, in practice, their role in supporting children to achieve self-learning is affected by various factors, including: the overall ethos of the Saudi education system, the Ministry of Education’s perceptions about teaching pre-school children using the Montessori system, the teacher’s background and their years of experiences working with pre-school children, and the use of individual education plans for each child.
Self-Perceptions on Digital Competences for M-Learning and Education Sustainability: A Study with Teachers from Different Countries
Available from: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Publication: Sustainability, vol. 13, no. 1
Abstract/Notes: The current international landscape shows that the most common alternative for the continuity of formative learning processes during the coronavirus pandemic has been the use the of e-learning to support children’s learning in environments outside of school. This forced change in teaching methods has consolidated the recognition that the digital skills of teachers are a relevant factor for the sustainability of education, both during the pandemic and in a future post-pandemic period or in other emergencies. In this sense, the objective of this study carried out between May and September 2020 was to determine the perceptions of 427 teachers from 15 countries about their digital competences in working with m-learning in primary education using a Montessori approach. The results of the questionnaire showed that teachers perceive their digital competences as inert and not very effective for innovation compared with the subsistence of traditional pedagogical practices, to deal with unpredictable situations or to generate differentiated adaptations for an inclusive education. The results of this study also serve as empirical support for establishing four training dimensions that can be considered priorities for the construction and implementation of a teacher training model that contributes to the sustainable development of education.
Master's Thesis (M.A.)
Parents Perceptions of Montessori Schools
Published: Chicago, Illinois, 1977
Doctoral Dissertation (Ed.D.)
Public Montessori Early Childhood Educators’ Perceptions of Psychological Needs Fulfillment
Available from: ProQuest - Dissertations and Theses
Abstract/Notes: As attrition rates of teachers remain a concern and the establishment of Montessori public schools increases in the United States, studying the needs satisfaction of Montessori public school teachers is a way to address issues of retainment. This qualitative methods study used the Self-Determination Theory framework to guide an analysis of factors that impact the levels of autonomy, relatedness, and competence within a public Montessori school teacher’s work environment. This study gave public Montessori teachers an opportunity to share their stories and provide context to the issue of work satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Findings indicated that there are several factors and experiences that impact a public Montessori school teacher’s experience with autonomy, relatedness, and competence in their daily work. Additional findings are that these factors impact Montessori teachers on different levels: personal, school, and external. In analyzing these factors and level of impact, administrators and school districts can make sure that the work environments of public Montessori teachers are conducive.
Published: Lawrence, Kansas, 2023
Doctoral Dissertation (Ph.D.)
Early Childhood Educators' Perceptions of Kindergarten Readiness in a Southern Ohio School District: Implications for Educational Leadership
Published: Dayton, Ohio, 1998
English Language Teaching through Montessori Approach: Teachers’ Perceptions
Available from: Tribhuvan University Central Library (Nepal)
Abstract/Notes: This research is entitled English Language Teaching through Montessori Approach: Teachers’ Perceptions. This research aimed at exploring teachers’ perceptions towards the Montessori approach to teaching of English. This study adopted narrative inquiry as a design. Five teachers from five different Montessori schools in Kathmandu were chosen purposively for this study. The study showed that Montessori approach is a learner centered approach through which students' involvement can be increased. Montessori approach comprehends the learning and it was found that Montessori method was the most preferred method of teaching English. This approach also helps to understand the psychology of children so that learning can happen in the classroom. This approach helps to develop creativity in students because of the environment of the classroom created by Montessori teachers. Likewise, this approach is material based which enhances the learning and retention. This thesis consists of five chapters. The first chapter deals with the introduction part including the background of the study, statements of the problem, objectives of the study, research questions, relevance of the study, delimitation of the study, and operational definitions of the key terms respectively. The second chapter consists of a literature review both theoretical and empirical, and its implications. In addition, it also includes the conceptual framework. The third chapter deals with a methodology such as research design, method of the study, population, sampling strategy, research tools, source of data, and data collection procedure as well as ethical considerations. Similarly, the fourth chapter deals with analysis and interpretation of the data, and findings, and results. Finally, the fifth chapter incorporates a conclusion and recommendations based on the study which is related to policy, practice, and further research. Likewise, the references and appendices are also included for the validation of the research at the end of the study.
Published: Kirtipur, Nepal, 2023
Master's Thesis (M.A.)
Teacher Perceptions and Ideologies of Multilingualism in the South African Montessori Preschool Environment
Available from: Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Africa, Early childhood care and education, Early childhood education, Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc., Montessori schools, Multilingualism, South Africa, Southern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Teachers, Teachers - Attitudes
Abstract/Notes: The linguistic environment of preschools in South Africa is considerably under-researched. In this study, research was undertaken to discover how South African Montessori preschool teachers approach the issue of multilingualism in their classrooms and their perceptions of the value of speaking multiple languages. Teachers working in Montessori schools in Cape Town were interviewed about their experiences and ideologies of multilingualism in the classroom. Data was analysed through a Bakhtinian lens to uncover the tensions surrounding these beliefs and experiences of South African multilingualism. It was found that although many teachers supported the idea of multilingualism, they faced significant practical and administrative barriers to its implementation in the classroom. Furthermore, it was notable that much of the work to teach or introduce additional language in the preschool space was performed by underpaid, undertrained, and under-valued non-teaching staff, such as cleaning staff and classroom assistants.
Published: Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2023
The Perceptions and Support of Parents and Guardians Whose Children Attend Montessori Programs
Available from: Taylor and Francis Online
Publication: Anthropologist, vol. 16, no. 1-2
Abstract/Notes: Parents’ supporting and using Montessori education at home have very important roles in the success of the education. The aim of the present study is to investigate parents’ perspectives of Montessori education at school and their support of Montessori education at home in International Montessori Schools in Pennsylvania in USA. The study is a correlational study. The universe of the study consists of parents whose children attend International Montessori Schools. In this regard, the present study investigate whether families’ perspectives and supports of Montessori education differ with respect to children’s age, gender, affinity to guardian; and parents’ gender, education level, the number of children they have, other children’s attendance to Montessori schools.