ERIC Number: ED248048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Defining and Examining Areas of Criticism concerning the Pedagogical Ideas of Maria Montessori with Emphasis on the Critics and their Criticism from 1910-1925.
Faust, Ruth Ann Gottstein
In this study, criticism of the ideas of Maria Montessori made by educators from 1910 to 1925 are assessed and contrasted with other information about the Montessori approach. After an introductory description of the study's purpose and scope, chapter 1 offers information related to the life of Montessori and to her major ideas, and notes criticisms directed toward Montessori as a person and toward her method. Chapter 2 examines arguments and criticisms focused on the Montessori classroom environment and materials. Chapter 3 categorizes criticisms according to the following groupings: work/play, social development, freedom, sensorial materials, correction of errors, problem-solving opportunities, and creativity. This chapter additionally describes aspects of Montessori's theory and relates them to the criticisms given earlier. Chapter 4 explores the role of the teacher in the Montessori learning environment, and chapter 5 describes and responds to more recent criticisms of Montessori educational practices. Finally, chapter 6 describes a well-prepared, ideal Montessori environment, showing how Montessori's approaches and theories come together in a real classroom situation. Appended are a list of Montessori's early interpreters, summary statements of Montessori's basic principles and contributions as analyzed by others, and a list of children's sensitive periods in relationship to curriculum content areas. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Criticism; Montessori (Maria); Montessori Method
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Michigan.