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Montessori as an Alternative Early Childhood Education

Available from: Taylor and Francis Online

Book Title: The Influence of Theorists and Pioneers on Early Childhood Education

Pages: 211-221

Comparative education, Culturally responsive teaching, Early childhood education, Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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Abstract/Notes: Montessori education was developed over 100 years ago, and persists as a marginal ‘niche reform’ of the standard model. Here I discuss two unresolved dichotomies in early childhood education – the tension between work and play, and between structure and freedom. I explain how Montessori collapses and thereby resolves the dichotomies, and does so in a contemporary theoretical frame – one that is dynamical rather than linear. I next describe the origins and functioning of Montessori preschool environments, outcomes from the most methodologically sound studies to date, and impediments to Montessori’s more widespread adoption. I also show how Montessori is a culturally responsive pedagogy, and conclude by return to the dichotomies and how Montessori makes sense for the modern era. Originally published in: Early Child Development and Care, volume 191, issue 7–8 (2021), pp. 1196–1206.

Language: English

Published: New York, New York: Routledge, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-367-63674-6 978-0-367-63675-3 978-1-00-312021-6

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The Influence of Neuroscience on Early Childhood Education

Available from: Taylor and Francis Online

Book Title: Scientific Influences on Early Childhood Education

Pages: 176-190

Developmental psychology, Early childhood education, Maria Montessori - Philosophy, Neuroscience

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Abstract/Notes: It is only within very recent history – the past 25 to 30 years – that neuroscience has become a force in child development and educational research, as the tools to study the brain in action have improved and become more readily available. Although neuroscience research on reading, math, and social and emotional function also has important implications for education, this chapter focuses on executive function (EF) skills because these skills play an especially foundational role in learning and because they have been particularly well studied. Basic research on EF development has provided an important foundation for interventions designed to specifically target EF skills in young children, and suggests how to structure places of education to playfully explore their environments in intentional and attentive ways, to practice reflection, and to engage in self-regulated learning. Although neuroscience is a relatively new player in early education, it has transformed people's understanding of the conditions that support learning and brain development.

Language: English

Published: New York: Routledge, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-429-46828-5

Article

Early Childhood Education: The Journey So Far and the Road Ahead

Publication: The Child and You, vol. 12

Pages: 42-46

Asia, India, South Asia

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Language: English

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Play and Learning in Early Childhood Education: The Contribution of High Scope, Reggio Emilia, and Montessori Pedagogical Approaches

Available from: IGI Global

Book Title: Early Childhood Education From an Intercultural and Bilingual Perspective

Pages: 147-163

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Abstract/Notes: The key role of toys and play in early years education has been highlighted by several childhood pedagogues such as Froebel, Montessori, Weikart, and Malaguzzi, among many others. It is consensual among the international educational community that children now spend far more time being instructed an...

Language: English

Published: Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5225-5167-6

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Recasting il Metodo: Maria Montessori and Early Childhood Education in Italy (1909-1926)

Available from: Firenze University Press - Wayback Machine (Internet Archive)

Publication: CROMOHS (Cyber Review of Modern Historiography), vol. 16

Pages: 1-18

Europe, Italy, Southern Europe

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Abstract/Notes: Maria Montessori’s Il Metodo della Pedagogia Scientifica was published at the end of the 1910s. The text enjoyed great success after its publication, both in Italy and abroad. Over the course of the following decades, this work underwent numerous changes: various editions were published and numerous translations made, while the author herself added many sections and deleted others from the original draft. In this essay, I examine the first three editions of Il Metodo to analyze the changes that were made and their relation to the advent of fascism. This essay, divided into three distinct parts that follow the first three editions of the work, explores how Montessori was conditioned by fascism and how fascist educators both perceived her work and influenced the changes made to the text.

Language: English

DOI: 10.13128/Cromohs-13674

ISSN: 1123-7023

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Montessori Mathematics in Early Childhood Education

Available from: Gale Academic Online

Publication: Curriculum Matters, no. 3

Pages: 6-28

Australasia, Australia and New Zealand, Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc., New Zealand, Oceania

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Abstract/Notes: Mentioned in AMI 2009 - The Montessori movement recently celebrated a century of international education, spanning from early childhood through to tertiary experience. The first Casa dei Bambini, or children's house, was opened in Rome, Italy, on 6 January 1907, and within three years the influence of Montessori education began to reach New Zealand shores. This article outlines the Montessori approach to early childhood curriculum in general, and discusses findings from a small research project examining mathematical concept development in children prior to school entry. Initial findings of the project indicate that the Montessori approach may have a positive impact on children's numeracy knowledge and strategies at age five. This research arose from the involvement of the authors of this paper in the development and delivery of teacher education degrees at early childhood education (ECE) and primary levels that include a Montessori specialty in their final year. Our experience in sharing both the Numeracy Development Project and the Montessori mathematics curriculum has resulted in many discovery moments for our students. This has led us to suggest that wider understanding and dissemination of Montessori curriculum ideas may help to progress discussion on early mathematics development.

Language: English

DOI: 10.18296/cm.0086

ISSN: 1177-1828, 2253-2129

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Early Childhood Education in India: History, Trends, Issues, and Achievements

Available from: Springer Link

Publication: Early Childhood Education Journal, vol. 24, no. 1

Pages: 11-16

India, South

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Abstract/Notes: The changes in the social and economic structure of India have intensified the need for universal early childhood education. The formidable challenges before the Indian Government are: to provide high quality early childhood education programs; to preserve indigenous practices such as multilinguality, family/community involvement, participation of older children as caretakers of their younger siblings; and to provide early childhood education to all children despite serious financial constraints. This article presents a brief overview of the traditional childrearing practices in India, chronicles government initiatives in early childhood education, describes the range of programs available in India, and identifies goals that will shape the future of early childhood programs in India.

Language: English

DOI: 10.1007/BF02430544

ISSN: 1082-3301, 1573-1707

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

Article

Introductive Study About M. Montessori's Early-Childhood Educational Thought / M. Montessori 幼兒敎育思想에 關한 序說的 硏究

Available from: RISS

Publication: 대구효성가톨릭 대학교 - 연구논문집 / Catholic University of Taegu-Hyosung - Research Bulletin, vol. 27, no. 1

Pages: 459-483

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Language: Korean

Book Section

La società moderna di fronte all'educazione della prima infanzia [Modern society in the face of early childhood education]

Book Title: Valore educativo e sociale della scuola materna: atti [Educational and social value of the nursery school: proceedings]

Pages: 243-253

Conferences

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Language: Italian

Published: Roma, Italy: Vita dell'infanzia, 1963

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