ERIC Number: ED496081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-4
The Montessori Paradigm of Learning: So What?
This critical literature examines the methodology of teaching and learning developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Maria Montessori always believed that children are a unique being and they always surprise us with their unseen capabilities. In order to fully develop those unseen capabilities, we must give them freedom of choice to explore their environment. We can assist them with sensory-based teaching methodology. Montessori methodology claims that children can teach themselves. Learners should be guided in times of need only. The job of a teacher in a Montessori classroom is to encourage learners to engage meaningfully. The Montessori approach treats children as a whole being with a minimum of interruption by an adult. Maria views learners as a complete being capable of directing themselves. The learners according to Montessori ideology, can enjoy learning in any given condition and must chose what they wish to learn. The Montessori learning program is an innovative approach which unites three modalities (visual, auditory and vestibular) into one intervention. Maria argued that by applying all of our senses, it is possible to acquire necessary skills to achieve academic excellence. Although Maria Montessori had devoted much of her life in educating the children, needless to say that her theory of Montessori has created many problems among our young. Montessori has given too much freedom to our children and left our little hearts without proper supervision in the classroom as well as in the playground; exposing them to unseen danger. (Contains 1 table.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A