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NAMTA Journal, 2013
This article provides an interview transcript between David Kahn and Mario Montessori (1898-1982), son of Dr. Maria Montessori. Mario Montessori dedicated his life to the preservation, dissemination and application of Montessori's works. Herein Kahn asks Montessori about his time living in the hills of Kodaikanal, India. Montessori touches upon…
Descriptors: Interviews, Montessori Method, Elementary Education, Holistic Approach
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Baker, Kay M. – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Asserts that although there are distinct characteristics to each of Montessori's planes of development, there is no separation, especially between early childhood and childhood. Suggests that these first two planes of education could fall under one "Children's House," and points to the path of responsibility and the steps toward living in society…
Descriptors: Child Development, Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy
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Gordon, Barbara – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Offers suggestions for facilitating collaboration between families and schools, based on experience in Montessori education. Advocates gaining trust through regular informal social gatherings of parents and principal, pointing out that trust can help parents deal with anxiety over future academic success. Notes the efficacy of a parent education…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers
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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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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 2002
Describes spirituality as occurring when one invests energy in goals beyond the self. Summarizes research on cooperation and challenge and self satisfaction during high school and college. Identifies components of Montessori education contributing to spiritual development, and asserts that educators need to help children develop goals beyond…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Elementary Education, Evolution, Montessori Method
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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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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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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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Kahn, David – NAMTA Journal, 1993
Defines imagination in Montessori terms, describes the power and centrality of imagination to emotional and intellectual life, and makes a carefully supported case for imagination as the foundation of the entire Montessori elementary experience and, perhaps, even for adult life as well. (HTH)
Descriptors: Child Psychology, Creative Thinking, Elementary Education, Imagination
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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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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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Leonard, Gerard – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Uses classroom examples and literary allusions to examine the philosophy and practice of Montessori's Cosmic Education. Focuses on the use of non-theistic creation stories to create an educational environment that would foster the development of children's religious sentiment. (KB)
Descriptors: Children, Classroom Communication, Educational Environment, Elementary Education
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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
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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