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ERIC Number: EJ846417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Response to "The Normalised Child"
Chisnall, Nicola
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v30 n2 p17-18 Jun 2005
Grebennikov has chosen to present to the contemporary gaze, the so-called "absolute" concepts of Maria Montessori regarding normalisation and deviation in childhood. Grebennikov has focussed on the issue of challenging behaviour and the "deviations" identified by Montessori 100 years ago. His discursive treatment of the topic complicates Montessori's simple point: that it is adults who largely create the problems of deviancy when they place obstacles in the way of the child. Unlike Grebennikov, however, the author suggests that Montessori differed from the deficit view he takes of the child. In referring to Balson, a popular writer who dispenses behaviourist advice for the primary-aged child and classroom, Grebennikov appears to miss the solution for the younger child. It was a pity that Grebennikov did not look to the field of positive psychology rather than to the behaviourists, for it is here that fruitful links have been made to Montessori's ideas.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia