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ERIC Number: EJ1254020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Abstractor: As Provided
A Child-Directed Music Curriculum in the Montessori Classroom: Results of a Critical Participatory Action Research Study
Dansereau, Diana R.; Wyman, Brooke M.
Journal of Montessori Research, v6 n1 p19-32 Spr 2020
Maria Montessori strongly advocated for music learning to be fully integrated into the classroom; however, many Montessori classrooms are dominated by materials aimed at developing children's visual sense. The purpose of this critical participatory action research (CPAR) study was to address this perceived learning disparity by developing and implementing a curriculum that is consistent with the Montessori approach, child directed, and focused on sound examination and music learning. We designed six shelf works and offered them, over the course of 6 CPAR cycles, to 20 3- to 6-year-old children attending a Montessori school. Findings from qualitative and quantitative data indicate that the children received the works positively, chose to engage with them, became more confident in their musical tasks over time, showed signs of deep concentration and attention, and demonstrated consistent performance across similar tasks related to perception and cognition. We conclude that the presence of these 6 curricular works began to disrupt the perceived learning disparity we identified; however, more can be done to understand and change the classroom practices that support that disparity.
Descriptors: Music Education, Curriculum, Student Centered Learning, Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Attention, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Students with Disabilities
American Montessori Society. 116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003. Web site: https://journals.ku.edu/jmr
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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