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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
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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Moore, Marianne – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Discusses the interpretive nature of Montessori education by characterizing the Montessori teacher as an observer of a living, growing, human design. Describes experiences working with Mother Isabel Eugenie in Philadelphia during the 1960s. (JPB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices, Educational Theories, Montessori Method
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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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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, 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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Greene, Maxine – NAMTA Journal, 1993
Depicts the isolation which results when education, particularly language arts education, is concerned primarily with the acquisition of skills. Urges educators not to lose sight of the fundamental purpose of the language arts, which are to help people make and articulate meaning from their experiences, to empower people, and to imagine…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices
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Gobbi, Gianna – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Considers the nobility of children's work, its relationship to human psychological health and peacefulness, its purposefulness, and its revelation of God's cosmic plan. Links Maria Montessori's cosmic view to the Catechists of the Good Shepherd and the Montessori community at large. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Children, Educational Environment, Educational Philosophy
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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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Wolf, Aline D. – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Challenges Montessori educators to assess how effectively a Montessori education achieves its spiritual goals in the formation of character. Maintains that the prepared environment may not be enough, given the assault of commercialism on the growing minds of children, especially in the form of advertising. (Author)
Descriptors: Advertising, Children, Educational Environment, Educational Philosophy
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Kahn, David – NAMTA Journal, 1998
Introduces this theme issue on Mario Montessori's writings. Describes how his life experiences contributed to the idea of freedom in education, seen as a recurring theme in his mother, Maria Montessori's writings, and also contributed to the integration of the Montessori perspective. (KB)
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Freedom
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Montessori, Mario M.; Montessori, Renilde – NAMTA Journal, 1998
The three lectures reprinted here, given in 1957 London Elementary course, integrate the Montessori perspective on the Elementary child and Cosmic Education: (1) differences between children before and after 7 years of age; (2) characteristics of children 7 years and older; and (3) the adult role in responding to children in the second stage of…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Child Development, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices
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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