ERIC Number: ED066219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Preschool Education for Inner-City Children: Preliminary Results of an Experimental Montessori Programme.
Early results from a Montessori nursery program initiated by Toronto, Canada, in 1971, to help inner-city children prepare for formal education indicate that the mothers of the 15 three- and four-year-old children were pleased with the program. Specifically, they felt that the children had increased their verbal skills, preparedness for junior kindergarten, and social maturity. However, not all mothers were pleased with the increased independence shown by some of the children. A study of the children's characteristics suggested that caution should be exerted in extrapolating the findings from other so-called disadvantaged children to inner-city children in one's own city. Other data are useful but the needs of a particular population must be carefully observed. When isolating deficiencies or identity needs, wholesale generalizations from superficial measures should not be made. Precise and explicit definitions should be made for such terms as deficient in language, intellectual motivation, or conceptual ability. Otherwise inadequate solutions are likely to result. (JS)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toronto Board of Education (Ontario). Research Dept.
Identifiers: Montessori Method; Ontario (Toronto)