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Ancona Montessori Research Project for Culturally Disadvantaged Children. September 1, 1968 to August 31, 1969. Final Report

Available from: ERIC

Academic achievement, Americas, Cognitive development, Comparative education, Early childhood care and education, Early childhood education, Elementary education, Montessori method of education, Montessori schools, North America, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: This paper, part of a long term study, reports the effect of a modified Montessori preschool experience on cognitive development, school-related behaviors, and social interactions and perceptions of disadvantaged children. Each of thirty-five disadvantaged Negro children (31 in nursery classes and 4 in elementary classes) was pair-matched with a middle class child. In the disadvantaged group, 17 children were attending nursery classes for the first time. Pre- and posttests were made of cognitive ability, on the Stanford-Binet, Piaget tests of length conservation, and sociometric features. Also, children were rated by testers on performance and by teachers rated classroom behaviors. Data from previous years on some of the children were used in reference to long term change. Part I (nursery school) test results show that neither first nor second-year children significantly increased their I.Q. scores. Both disadvantaged and middle class children scored similarly on task orientation. Middle class children showed more friendship choices forming across social-class lines. Part II (elementary school) results present limited support for the theory that children who continue in Montessori, rather than public, school will show better school achievement. Data included school records of more than 30 children. A future study will investigate diffusion effects on mothers and younger siblings, and testing with measures more directly relevant to Montessori curriculum. (NH)

Language: English

Published: Washington, D.C., Aug 31, 1969

Report

Ancona Montessori Research Project for Culturally Disadvantaged Children. Final Report

Available from: ERIC

Academic achievement, Americas, Cognitive development, Early childhood care and education, Early childhood education, Elementary school students, Longitudinal studies, Montessori method of education, Montessori schools, North America, Parent participation, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: This is the final report of the Ancona Montessori Research Project for Culturally Disadvantaged Children begun in 1965 to investigate the effects of a modified Montessori program for disadvantaged children in the preschool and early elementary years. This report deals with the academic year 1969-1970, in which 29 disadvantaged children and a comparable group of 29 middle class children are the central focus of study. In addition, there is a followup on the school careers of disadvantaged children who attended Ancona at one time. A number of hypotheses about the potential effects of the project on the children's cognitive, social development are studied. Part I of the report deals with findings relative to the nursery school children, and includes a discussion of data from three measures of intellectual development (Stanford Binet, WPPSI and Merrill-Palmer) and from tester and teacher ratings of school-related behaviors and attitudes and social interaction. Part II details findings on the elementary school children and followup data on children who attended Ancona in previous years but are now elementary school students in other schools. In addition, data regarding children whose families have had long term involvement in the school is discussed. The appendix includes Ancona school Head Start program ratings of behavior during individual intelligence testing. (MS)

Language: English

Published: Washington, D.C., Aug 31, 1970

Article

Using Nature's Teaching: The Montessori Approach to Human Reproduction Explained to the Young Child

Publication: Montessori Talks to Parents Newsletter, vol. 1, no. 8

Pages: 1-3

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Language: English

ISSN: 0749-565X

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All Teaching and No Play

Publication: Montessori Education, vol. 8, no. 5

Pages: 2–3

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Abstract/Notes: Government plan to increase after-school care

Language: English

ISSN: 1354-1498

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Teaching on the Move

Publication: Montessori Education, vol. 9, no. 1

Pages: 30–31

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Abstract/Notes: Tobago, Helsinki

Language: English

ISSN: 1354-1498

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Teaching the Young About Sex

Publication: Montessori Talks to Parents Newsletter, vol. 1, no. 8

Pages: 6-8

Sex education

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Language: English

ISSN: 0749-565X

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Teaching Today for Tomorrow's World

Available from: ProQuest - Women's Magazine Archive

Publication: Parents' Magazine and Better Homemaking, vol. 49, no. 9

Pages: 42-43, 73-74, 76

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Language: English

ISSN: 0031-191X

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What Makes a Good School - and How to Get One: Beware of Gimmicky Innovations; the Essential Ingredient in Good Schooling Is Good Teaching, and That's Where Our Efforts and Our Money Should Go

Available from: ProQuest - Women's Magazine Archive

Publication: Parents' Magazine and Better Family Living, vol. 47, no. 1

Pages: 44-45, 82

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Language: English

ISSN: 0031-191X

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Book Reviews: Teaching as a Subversive Activity [by] Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner; The Way it Spozed to Be [by] James Herndon; The Underachieving School [by] John Holt

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

Publication: The Constructive Triangle (1965-1973), vol. 5, no. 4

Pages: 31

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Language: English

ISSN: 0010-700X

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Learning by Teaching

Publication: The Constructive Triangle (1965-1973), vol. 1, no. 1

Pages: 4-9

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Abstract/Notes: Reprinted in v. 6, no. 3 (Winter 1970-1971): p. 1

Language: English

ISSN: 0010-700X

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