ERIC Number: ED403013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
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The Longitudinal Assessment Study (LAS): Cycle 4 (Ten Year) Follow-Up.
Glenn, Christopher M.
This study is the fourth in a series of assessments of Montessori education intended to answer parent concerns about the Montessori method's ability to prepare students for the real world. Begun in 1986, the study will last 18 years, surveying every 3 years participants recruited from lower and upper elementary classes of the Franciscan Montessori Earth School (Portland, Oregon). This assessment was the first to include adult participants, over age 18. Younger students and their parents and teacher completed a survey, and students completed a personality measure and achievement tests; adult participants completed an expanded "College and Work Edition" survey, while a college professor survey was administered in place of a teacher survey; the parent survey was omitted for these subjects. The study postulated two hypotheses: (1) the number of Montessori Education Years (MEY) would positively relate to those qualities emphasized in Montessori education, such as cooperation with peers; and (2) participants with any Montessori education would be at least as successful as the general population. Results found minimal support for the first hypothesis; the second hypothesis received considerable support. Participants were described as normal or healthy, and achievement test results were above the average for the general population. (Eight appendices include comments volunteered by parents and teachers, and adjectives used by parents and teachers to describe the children. The LAS survey instruments are attached.) (EV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Followup Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Montessori Method, Nontraditional Education, Outcomes of Education, Parent Student Relationship, Parents, Peer Relationship, Private Schools, Secondary School Students, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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