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ERIC Number: EJ1140350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2369-8659
The Epistemology behind the Educational Philosophy of Montessori: Senses, Concepts, and Choice
Colgan, Andrew D.
Philosophical Inquiry in Education, v23 n2 p125-140 2016
This article seeks to re-introduce Dr. Maria Montessori's educational philosophy, which has been absent from modern philosophy of education literature. It describes and analyzes crucial aspects of her epistemology, as best known through her "Method." Discussed are the need for early education, the development of the senses, and the exercise of choice by the students. Concept formation is also shown to be an important part of Montessori's philosophy of instruction. This article concludes with a brief resolution of the "is-ought" objection as framed by Scheffler that might be waged against Montessori's approach.
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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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