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O'Shaughnessy, Molly; Patell, Hilla – NAMTA Journal, 2016
In this interview conducted at the NAMTA conference, "Observation: The Key to Unlocking the Child's Potential", Molly O'Shaughnessy discusses the history of observation with Hilla Patell. Patell shares stories of the people who were instrumental in creating a culture of observation as an ongoing discipline to be practiced. She goes on to…
Descriptors: Interviews, Observation, Child Development, Montessori Method
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Ford, Terry N. – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Gives a personalized account of the individual development of one school administrator/founder in relation to a Montessori school's evolution. Suggests that the school must consider stages of development in teachers and parents. Discusses the expansion of services to a second charter school, identifying how failures can lead to success. Suggests…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Children, Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education
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Haines, Annette M. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Describes in operational terms the benefits of Montessori's developmental perspective for children from birth to 3 years, and from 3 to 6 years. Identifies optimal outcomes for social, moral, cognitive, and emotional development to be used in educational and psychological research and for child assessment. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Children, Cognitive Development, Early Childhood Education
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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Discusses positive psychology, which focuses on health and well-being utilizing the elements of belief, hope, self-esteem, responsibility, elation, and wisdom as the basis of psychological theory and practice. Describes efforts to change the psychology field, including identifying promising young professionals, establishing monetary prizes, and…
Descriptors: Behavioral Sciences, Change Strategies, Children, Educational Practices
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Dubble, Sharon L. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Applies the principles of development and integration to the maturation of Montessori schools. Suggests that evaluative inquiry be used as the basis for community inquiry and problem solving by Montessori staff so that reflection, questioning, and decision making result in the highest level of Montessori implementation. (KB)
Descriptors: Children, Decision Making, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices
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Schaefer, Larry – NAMTA Journal, 2000
This article focuses on Maria Montessori's pedagogy of history. Part one traces the development of Montessori's thoughts on the pedagogy of the past, and parts two and three are meditations on "cosmic history": one on creation and the creation story and the other on time and timelines. (KB)
Descriptors: Children, Elementary Education, History, Montessori Method
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Kohn, Alfie – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Presents excerpt from Kohn's 1990 book, asserting that parents are most important to children and need to project a positive view of life. Argues that caring, the absence of physical punishment, guiding and explaining, cooperating, and taking children seriously are required to offset the pressure and negative values that a competitive culture…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Children, Competition, Cultural Influences
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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 the four planes of development and the periods of creation and crystallization within each plane. Identifies the type of independence that should be achieved by the end of the first two planes of development. Maintains that it is through individual work on the environment that one achieves independence. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Child Development, Children, Cognitive 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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McDermott, Martha – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Makes an evocative plea for accepting children where they are developmentally and maintaining a vision of future possibility. Claims that adults are being guided and informed by children, and adjust their behaviors accordingly. Advocates encountering the child with a willingness to learn from the relationship, with the result that the educator…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Children, Cognitive Style, Educational Environment
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Hart, Roger A. – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Argues the need for children to have contact with the natural world and a role in the preservation of the environment. Explains that children's roles in sustainable development can occur only when adults allow children to act independently. Outlines problems with current ways of involving children in environmental movements. (JS)
Descriptors: Children, Childrens Rights, Conservation Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Kohn, Alfie – NAMTA Journal, 1994
Argues against using punishment and rewards to motivate children, maintaining that, although penalties and prizes may change behavior in the short term, they do not help children become responsible decision makers in the long term. (MDM)
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Child Responsibility, Children, Discipline
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Cavalletti, Sofia – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Presents anecdotal reflections on the serenity and revelations of the "new child" in relationship with God. Maintains that knowing one's religious tradition provides the basis for being open to all religions. (KB)
Descriptors: Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Happiness, Religion
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Montanaro, Silvana Quattrocchi – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Presents an intellectual view of transcendence in relation to the widening of consciousness. Indicates that the spiritual beginnings of life establish and integrate the human personality, which, when connected to a vital center, gives a fundamental point of reference. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Children, Educational Philosophy, Personality Development
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