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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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Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Discusses the basic discoveries of Montessori's Casa dei Bambini. Considers principles of Montessori's organizing theory: the absorbent mind, the unfolding nature of life, the spiritual embryo, self-construction, acquisition of culture, creativity of life, repetition of exercise, freedom within limits, children's discovery of knowledge, the secret…
Descriptors: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational History, Educational Practices
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Kahn, David – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Discusses the development of all-day Montessori programs over the last several decades, focusing on the contrasts between traditional day care programs and the Montessori educational experience. Also notes the application of Montessori principles to day care for preschool children. Concludes by introducing this special issue on the all-day…
Descriptors: Day Care, Educational History, Educational Trends, Full Day Half Day Schedules
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Buckenmeyer, Robert G. – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Examines Maria Montessori's views on coordinating medical practice and educational theory and her spiritual convictions. Maintains that her rigorous scientific orientation is coupled with clear exhortations for the spiritual development of teachers so that they could see the spiritual "epiphany" in each child. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Children, Educational History, Educational Principles
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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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Montessori, Renilde – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Reflects briefly on the history of the Montessori movement. Advocates restoring the AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) to its original dimensions. Introduces plans for "Educateurs sans Frontieres" (Educators without Borders), an International Study Centre, and the organization of the AMI archives. (JS)
Descriptors: Archives, Early Childhood Education, Educational History, Montessori Method
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Waltuch, Margot – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Provides a glimpse of the Montessori past by sharing letters from and stories about Maria and Mario Montessori. Shares insights and lessons learned over a lifetime's connection the Montessori family. (JS)
Descriptors: Educational History, Letters (Correspondence)
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Oppenheimer, Orcillia – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Discusses the history of the Montessori movement in South Africa. Outlines the contributions and learnings from Montessori's 21 years in South Africa. Asserts that Montessorian actions in Africa have relevance to Montessori internationally. (JS)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational History, Foreign Countries, Montessori Method
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Montessori, Mario M. – NAMTA Journal, 1998
Recounts an anecdote about Maria Montessori's series of radio talks about children given during the early days of the Spanish Civil War. They illustrate the obtrusive nature of political oppression. As a result of these radio talks, Maria Montessori gained the title "Friend of the Children." (KB)
Descriptors: Educational History, Educational Principles, Life Events, Montessori Method
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Montessori, Mario M. – NAMTA Journal, 1998
Describes the experiences of Maria Montessori and her son, Mario, during their internment in India during World War II. Discusses how their observations of communities of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Zoroastrians at the Theosophical Society contributed to ideas related to the absorbent mind, and enabled the extension of the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational History, Educational Principles, Educational Theories
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Montessori, Mario M.; Claremont, Claude A. – NAMTA Journal, 1998
Synthesizes the Montessori stages of life from birth to adulthood and provides an integrated description of Montessori educational principles. Examines the role of the teacher as learner, revolutionary, and scientist following the child through life. Identifies education as ongoing research on the laws of human development. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Developmental Stages, Educational History, Educational Philosophy
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Waltuch, Margot – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Discusses the author's teaching experiences during the 1930s at "La Maison des Enfants," a Montessori school in Sevres, France. Provides photographs and descriptions of the school day, outdoor activities, gardening, cooking and eating, practical activities, and creative activities. (MDM)
Descriptors: Cooking Instruction, Creativity, Daily Living Skills, Educational Environment
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Claremont, Claude A. – NAMTA Journal, 1995
Discusses the experiences of a Montessori teacher educator in Britain during World War II, describing how the wartime situation affected teacher education practices. Also examines the main features of Montessori teacher education then in practice. (MDM)
Descriptors: Educational Attitudes, Educational History, Foreign Countries, Montessori Method
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Montessori, Mario – NAMTA Journal, 1994
Discusses Maria Montessori's approach to educating and caring for young children, focusing on her early experiences with poor tenement children in 1907 and the development of the Montessori Method of exploratory, child-centered learning. Argues that children do not have an inner spiritual hunger but are themselves the essence of spirituality,…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Early Childhood Education, Educational History, Montessori Method
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Montessori, Mario M. – NAMTA Journal, 1998
Describes the founding of an experimental school in 1936 in Laren, Holland by Maria Montessori, which began to synthesize the cultural materials based on children's capacity for hearing and absorbing language. Discusses young children's responsiveness to learning scientific names for leaf forms. Cites this experience as evidence for her theory of…
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education, Educational History, Educational Practices