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Orr, David – NAMTA Journal, 2013
David Orr's classic article links education to living in the outdoors and studying all disciplines through the unifying lens of place. Pedagogy of place counters abstraction, it is the natural world embodying principles of learning that involve direct observation, investigation, experimentation, and manual skills. Place is the laboratory providing…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Outdoor Education, Observational Learning, Hands on Science
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Ludick, Pat – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Draws on a comparison of the characteristics of early childhood and early adolescence to comment on the culture of civility for adolescents. Discusses how Montessori adolescent psychology reiterates the role of the environment, the importance of work, the mindfulness of movement, the savoring of silence, the beauty of language, lessons in grace…
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescent Behavior, Adolescent Development, Adolescents
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McNamara, John – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Asserts that adolescents within Montessori environments continue to use creative imagination to develop the self and still need concrete materials and manipulative tasks. Maintains that a degree of independence must be allowed for adolescents to form the foundation for self- discipline. Discusses the importance of mastering a few areas in depth…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Adult Child Relationship, Childhood Needs
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Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Presents the underlying assumptions for the Erdkinder concept of educating adolescents. Discusses the importance of independence and social life beyond the family, the necessary environmental awareness for youth in the context of civilization, the meaning behind social values of civilization, and the importance of social morals, social…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Childhood Needs, Montessori Method
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Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Maintains that moral education should be at the foundation of educational reform and that education should prepare adolescents to find their place in society. Asserts that secondary level instruction, provided in a rural neutral environment and with opportunities for adolescents to work with their hands and their minds, will help to create a more…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Childhood Needs, Educational Change
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Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Considers the relationship between elementary and secondary education. Asserts that mixed-aged groups with a difference of 3 years promote cooperation and mutual support. Discusses scouting and sports as a means of fulfilling the void of purely academic schooling, asserting that organizations of this type provide youth with opportunities to…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Athletics, Educational Change
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Barker, Devan – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Describes the German land schools, focusing on the Country Home School founded in 1898 and other early rural German educational experiments as a backdrop for an examination of Montessori's formulation of Erdkinder. Recommends a systematic historical study of ideas and writing surrounding the genesis of Erdkinder so that contemporary implementers…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Educational History, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices
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Rathunde, Kevin – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Delineates the mismatch between adolescent needs and school contexts, pointing out necessity for more hand-and- head work for better integration of abstract and concrete processes, sensory richness, and a variety of engagement opportunities. Suggests that schools move beyond the usual precollegiate over-emphasis on higher reasoning skills,…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Childhood Needs, Educational Environment
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Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Maintains that Montessori education of adolescents (Erdkinder) should prepare them to exercise a self-disciplined will and judgment. Notes the importance of preparing children through Cosmic Education and through community service. Maintains that the logical focus of study for the third plane is the cosmic plan and the adolescent's place in it.…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Montessori Method, Secondary Education
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Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Summarizes the four planes of development and the role of Montessori education in each plane. Notes that there has been no full implementation of Montessori's ideas for adolescents. Maintains that adolescents will benefit from a Montessori adolescent program only if they have participated in previous Montessori programs. Describes how…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Curriculum, Developmental Continuity
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NAMTA Journal, 1993
Excerpts from the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development's report "Turning Points: Preparing American Youth for the 21st Century," issued in 1989, indicate the need to develop a more adolescent-centered approach to education in the middle grades that is very similar to the basic ideas of the Montessori method. (MDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Educational Change, Educational Innovation
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Kahn, David – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Uses established Montessori analogies, metaphors, and abstract keys to examine the mental organization and practical experiences forming the spiritual foundations for the Erdkinder vision of connecting learning to moral behavior and practical experiences for adolescents. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Beliefs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices
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Gebhardt-Seele, Peter – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Claims that Montessori's educational theory for 12- to 18- year olds, Erdkinder, should be considered as an educational alternative. Erdkinder, or "earth child," refers to observing children and, accordingly, creating a suitable environment. The task for education at this age is the creation of the socially conscious individual. Claims…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Educational History, Educational Philosophy
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Davis, Linda – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Traces the Montessori view of adolescent social development and provides illustrations in short-term rural life with 12- to 14-year olds. Provides clear signs pointing to Erdkinder based on the theory that adolescents are in the midst of a social transformation and they want to be treated with respect. (MOK)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Individual Development, Montessori Method
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Grazzini, Camillo – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Presents two charts designed by Maria Montessori to illustrate the four planes of development. Claims that Montessori's meticulously researched commentary signals an emerging organic vision of the developmental continuum from birth to adulthood that is relevant to the educational needs of our time. (MOK)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Child Development, Children
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