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Kahn, David – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Notes that the critical art of parent education is to bring the parent into the child's world view. Describes current publications from NAMTA's parent education tool kit which support the child's perspective. Includes strategies for generating parent discussion to merge the parent's point of view with that of the child in dealing with conflict.…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Childhood Needs, Early Childhood Education, Montessori Method
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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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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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Schaefer, Patricia – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Discusses emerging characteristics of early adolescents from a Montessorian perspective. Considers adolescents' revelations related to cosmic education, their need to serve, their need to think and to feel, and their need to know the cosmos through finding one's place in it. Discusses samples from students' cosmic autobiographies. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Autobiographies, Childhood Needs, Early Adolescents
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Schaefer, Larry – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Describes components of Lake Country School's junior high school Montessori program in relation to the developmental characteristics of adolescents, their needs, and their noble aspirations. Maintains that healthy environments where young adults are challenged to act constructively and creatively will help develop youth who are integrated,…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Childhood Needs, Early Adolescents, Junior High School Students
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Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Maintains that children find their place in the world most securely by seeing themselves as part of the continuing work of creation. Considers how human tendencies, such as exploration, orientation, order, imagination, abstract thought, precision, repetition, self-control, and communication, allow humans to use the environment to meet various…
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Needs, Children, Individual Development
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Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Discusses Maria Montessori's view of the elementary child's educational needs. Maintains that older children need opportunities to use their reasoning abilities to come to a state of peace, stability, and security at the second plane of development. Discusses the teacher's role in cosmic education to incite curiosity and to teach responsibility.…
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Needs, Children, Educational Needs
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Cane, Florence – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Presents a developmental view of the creative process based on Montessori principles. Discusses the preschool child's need for activity, exploration at an individual pace, and connection between the self and the universe. Considers ways to nurture a child's self-actualizing creativity. (JPB)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Art Education, Child Development, Childhood Needs
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Hilliard, Asa G. – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Describes the view of intelligence in Montessori education and dismisses a variety of limited and dehumanizing models of education. Refers to the Montessori model as a "human metaphor" that actually responds to who children are and what they need, and extends that metaphor to the world community at large, encompassing the author's spiritual…
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Style, Educational Theories
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Montessori, Mario M. – NAMTA Journal, 1998
Reprint of 1973 letter issued by the Association Montessori Internationale to its members regarding signs that although people have been striving for greater general welfare, individual rights, freedom, and leisure, extending reduced work and more leisure to children will disrupt healthy development. Describes necessary environments for healthy…
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles
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Verschuur, Mary B. – NAMTA Journal, 1998
Argues children's natural drive to discover is intrinsic and that adults cannot instill it from the outside. Dispels common myths about child motivation and describes the optimal conditions for self-motivated learning. Provides examples of how the Montessori-prepared environment makes the most of children's inborn curiosity, interest, and wonder.…
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Achievement Need, Childhood Needs, Curiosity