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ERIC Number: EJ1161285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2378-3923
Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Perceptions of Family Priorities and Stressors
Epstein, Ann
Journal of Montessori Research, v1 n1 p1-13 Fall 2015
Teachers of young children work closely with families. One component of teacher-family partnerships is teachers' understanding of family priorities and stressors. This study examines Montessori Early Childhood (ages three through six) teacher perceptions of family priorities and stressors through an analysis of responses to two parallel surveys. Eighty teachers (37% of those who received the survey) and 49 family members (representing a 55% response rate) completed surveys. Significant differences were found between teachers' perceptions of five (of seven) family priorities and families' actual responses. Teachers anticipated that families would rank "making academic progress" as families' highest priority. However, families reported that "developing kindness" is the most important priority for their young children. No significant differences were found when comparing teacher rankings of family stressors with actual family responses. Montessori Early Childhood teachers ranked "not having enough time" as the most stressful of six possible family stressors. Families confirmed that time pressures cause them the most stress. Montessori's recommendations for teachers and families are summarized. Recommendations for building stronger family partnerships in the context of Montessori's philosophy--for example, ongoing self-reflection--are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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