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ERIC Number: EJ1179824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
To What Extent Do Parents of Montessori-Educated Children "Do Montessori" at Home? Preliminary Findings and Future Directions
Walls, Jill K.
Journal of Montessori Research, v4 n1 p14-24 Spr 2018
Few if any empirical studies have explicitly examined the home environments of Montessori-educated children or, more specifically, the question of whether Montessori parents reinforce or undermine their child's Montessori education at home. With a convenience sample of 30 parents of toddlers and preschoolers attending a private Montessori school in the Midwest, this cross-sectional study examines parents' knowledge of Montessori principles and their parenting beliefs and behaviors at home. Results suggest that Montessori parents from the target school were knowledgeable about and valued Montessori principles, even though few had had a Montessori education themselves. Parents in this sample varied in their parenting behaviors and choices at home, with some parents who intentionally reinforced Montessori principles and others whose behaviors were inconsistent with a Montessori approach. Findings from this preliminary study provide a first glimpse into the beliefs and behaviors of Montessori parents upon which future studies can build. Montessori educators and administrators will benefit from future research involving Montessori parents, particularly those schools that offer Montessori-based parent-education sessions to the families they serve.
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Parents as Teachers, Parent Participation, Toddlers, Preschool Children, Parenting Styles, Knowledge Level, Rating Scales, Discipline, Online Surveys, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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