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ERIC Number: EJ1125297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1522-9734
Interview with Hilla Patell on the History of the Observation
O'Shaughnessy, Molly; Patell, Hilla
NAMTA Journal, v41 n3 p43-55 Sum 2016
In this interview conducted at the NAMTA conference, "Observation: The Key to Unlocking the Child's Potential", Molly O'Shaughnessy discusses the history of observation with Hilla Patell. Patell shares stories of the people who were instrumental in creating a culture of observation as an ongoing discipline to be practiced. She goes on to talk about some of the keys to understanding and practicing observation, including the child's concentration, the need to rid ourselves of preconceptions, and how to look for obstacles that impede a child's development. She tells us that as observers we must stay in the present and have "faith in the human spirit." [Paper presented at the "Observation: The Key to Unlocking the Child's Potential," North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA) Conference, Part 1 (Denver, CO, November 5-8, 2015).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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