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Capra, Fritjof – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Presents fundamentals of systems thinking and sustainability within an ecological theory to shape education to the needs of human development in relation to the environment. Emphasizes that effective learning is a system embedded in the web of life, giving humans the ability to see the interconnectedness of the environment, community, and the…
Descriptors: Ecology, Educational Change, Educational Theories, 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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Verschuur, Mary B. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Provides a participant's commentary on a seminar discussing authentic progress in innovative educational practices such as those of Maria Montessori and Frank Lloyd Wright. Notes that there was agreement among participants regarding basic parameters around which innovation within limits was possible. Concludes that innovation is possible when…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Conferences, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
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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, 1993
To reinvent Montessori education, a new generation of individuals involved in Montessori education must probe questions involving the evolution of educational materials, educational philosophy, and social conscience. The expansion of Montessori education needs to include the traditions which reside in its educational methods and in the changing…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Editorials, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy
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Brown, Rexford – NAMTA Journal, 1997
Analyzes public school bureaucracy and ways to reform institutions into learning communities that value shared knowledge and learning experiences. Describes how a bureaucratic organizational structure impairs learning. Proposes the "learning organization" in which adults learn alongside students, planning is decentralized, families are…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Montessori Method, Organizational Change
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Zigler, Edward – NAMTA Journal, 1994
Discusses successes and problems of Head Start. Suggests that Head Start's difficulties relate to its implementation, not its design. Proposes increasing the effectiveness of Head Start through a series of reform strategies that relate to interventions that address the needs of children in child care, preschool children, and school-age children.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Educational Change, Family Programs
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Peterkin, Robert S. – NAMTA Journal, 1994
Defines a new leadership in education, which recognizes the comprehensive nature of change in the public school system to meet the educational needs of all children, especially disadvantaged and minority children, in a global economy. Maintains that Montessori education is uniquely prepared to lead public school reform. (BB)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Montessori Method
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Montessori, Maria; Montessori, Mario – NAMTA Journal, 1995
This reprint of a 1937 conference paper discusses the role of education in bringing about world peace, focusing on the need for a student-centered, nurturing curriculum to replace the authoritarian, teacher-directed curriculum based on punishment and rewards. Argues that greater emphasis needs to be placed on education in all societies. (MDM)
Descriptors: Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Peace, Role of Education
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Kahn, David – NAMTA Journal, 1995
Discusses a framework for the creation, evolution, and development of Montessori schools, focusing on the creation of preschool programs, addition of primary and elementary education, and expansion to include middle school and secondary programs. Examines the role of teachers, parents, and students at each of these stages. (MDM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Montessori Method
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Haines, Annette M. – NAMTA Journal, 1995
Discusses the inequalities and hidden curriculum of public education and the role that the Montessori approach can play in revolutionizing educational assumptions, values, and conventions as it expands in the public sector. Suggests that Montessori models for self-discipline, meaningful work, choice, respect, and holistic psychology provide a…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education