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Lillard, Angeline S.; McHugh, Virginia – Journal of Montessori Research, 2019
Part II of this two-part article continues the discussion of what Maria Montessori viewed to be the important components of her educational system. Because she developed the system over her lifetime, we prioritized later accounts when contradictory accounts were found. Whereas Part I focused on the environment, Part II examines the second and…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Preservice Teacher Education, Developmental Stages, Child Development
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Murray, Angela K.; Daoust, Carolyn J.; Chen, Jie – Journal of Montessori Research, 2019
Researchers who study any intervention must rule out potential alternative explanations for their results by establishing that the program being investigated is implemented with fidelity. Various instructional practices are attributed to the Montessori Method because the term is not legally protected, meaning any school can say it is Montessori…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Measures (Individuals), Early Childhood Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Christensen, Olivia – Journal of Montessori Research, 2019
Montessori teacher education includes an intensive and ongoing teacher transformation. This experience aids in the development of a clearly defined teacher identity. Research on teacher identity broadly has shown that while such an identity can offer guidance and support, it can also limit teachers and prevent them from exploring other strategies…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Montessori Method, Teaching Methods, Teacher Education
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Fleming, David J.; Culclasure, Brooke; Zhang, Daniel – Journal of Montessori Research, 2019
Prior research has demonstrated that the characteristics of school environments can impact the development of creativity in children. Thus, we explored the construct of creativity in the context of a Montessori environment. We used the Evaluation of Potential Creativity to measure creativity in children during one academic year. The study sample…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Creativity, Grade 3, Elementary School Students
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Hiles, Elisabeth – Journal of Montessori Research, 2018
Although the Montessori Method of education is more than 100 years old, the number of Montessori schools in the United States has exponentially increased since 1990. Montessori methods and practices can be complex and difficult for parents to understand, even among parents whose child attends Montessori schools. Moreover, it is unclear why parents…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Parents, Decision Making, School Choice
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Saylor, Laura L.; McKenzine, Ginger Kelley; Sacco, Cathy Cebuslski – Journal of Montessori Research, 2018
A real-time, multidimensional, professional-development program that is connected to both practice and school culture was delivered to a group of Montessori teachers with the goal of improving teaching practices and increasing student success by exploring the potential benefits of mindfulness, structured reflective practice, and teacher-centered…
Descriptors: Mentors, Montessori Method, Faculty Development, Clinical Supervision (of Teachers)
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Holmes, Catherine – Journal of Montessori Research, 2018
This article explores the ways Ngaanyatjarra students in Australia respond to Montessori pedagogy in a remote Aboriginal early childhood context. The article initially presents key literature pertaining to early childhood education, Aboriginal education, and Montessori education in Australia. The qualitative methodology underpinning the research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Montessori Method, Early Childhood Education, Indigenous Populations
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Taggart, Jessica; Fukuda, Eren; Lillard, Angeline S. – Journal of Montessori Research, 2018
In the United States, children are often given the opportunity to engage in pretend activities; many believe this kind of play benefits children's development (Haight & Miller, 1993; Haight, Masiello, Dickson, Huckeby, & Black, 1994; Parmar, Harkness, & Super, 2004; Roopnarine, 2010). Recent research has shown, though, that when…
Descriptors: Preferences, Montessori Schools, Preschool Children, Childhood Attitudes
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Lillard, Angeline S.; Heise, Megan J. – Journal of Montessori Research, 2016
Montessori classrooms vary in the degree to which they adhere to Maria Montessori's model, including in the provision of materials. Specifically, some classrooms use only Montessori materials, whereas others supplement the Montessori materials with commercially available materials like puzzles and games. A prior study suggested such…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Instructional Materials, Comparative Analysis, Pretests Posttests
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Epstein, Ann – Journal of Montessori Research, 2015
Teachers of young children work closely with families. One component of teacher-family partnerships is teachers' understanding of family priorities and stressors. This study examines Montessori Early Childhood (ages three through six) teacher perceptions of family priorities and stressors through an analysis of responses to two parallel surveys.…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Stress Variables, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Attitudes