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ERIC Number: EJ1125350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1522-9734
Methods Evolved by Observation
Montessori, Maria
NAMTA Journal, v41 n3 p359-365 Sum 2016
Montessori's idea of the child's nature and the teacher's perceptiveness begins with amazing simplicity, and when she speaks of "methods evolved," she is unveiling a methodological system for observation. She begins with the early childhood explosion into writing, which is a familiar child phenomenon that Montessori has written about often. She says to look at the child and a quiet mountain that spews out "fire, smoke and unknown substances" from the interior will be seen. The explosion into writing is compared to a volcano with its dramatic description evoking a mystique of what is inside the child, coming from a place no one can find except through observation. The freedom of activity in the prepared environment is enriching to the child's knowledge and engages the development of character as it supports the moral education of the child. [Reprinted from "Education for a New World" (1946). Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company (2014): 53-58.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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