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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Examines the working lives of geneticists and journalists to place into perspective what lies behind personal ethics and success. Defines "good work" as productive activity that is valued socially and loved by people engaged in it. Asserts that certain cultural values, social controls, and personal standards are necessary to maintain good work and…
Descriptors: Definitions, Ethics, Individual Development, Relevance (Education)
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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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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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Baker, Kay M. – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Contextualizes the mathematical intelligence as revealed in the human tendencies, as supported by the extended family, and facilitated by choice within a responsive environment. Reviews the function of Montessori materials, including mathematical materials, and emphasizes that the personal intelligences are integral to all activities simply…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Style, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment
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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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Schaefer, Rita – NAMTA Journal, 1993
Discusses identity as the development of functional and intellectual independence and as an involvement in such aspects of life as intimacy, sexuality, and vocation that give one a sense of belonging to the world. Suggests that establishing identity is an on-going process. Describes the Montessori professional's identity as director or directress,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Individual Development, Montessori Method, Personal Autonomy
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Baker, Kay – NAMTA Journal, 1993
Discusses the reciprocal relationship between the Montessori child and teacher that provides spiritual rejuvenation to the teacher. The key to teachers' spiritual development can be found in Montessori's insights into the true nature of the child. (PAM)
Descriptors: Child Development, Emotional Development, Individual Development, Montessori Method
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Dubovoy, Silvia C. – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Emphasizes the intrinsic unity of all the intelligences as well as the inseparable nature of the interpersonal and intrapersonal. Emphasizes the theories of both Gardner and Montessori as a whole, and looks at common features in intelligence profiles and educational environments described by both. (MOK)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Style, Community Involvement, Educational Environment
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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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Davis, Linda – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Traces the Montessori view of adolescent social development and provides illustrations in short-term rural life with 12- to 14-year olds. Provides clear signs pointing to Erdkinder based on the theory that adolescents are in the midst of a social transformation and they want to be treated with respect. (MOK)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Individual Development, Montessori Method
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Zeman, Mary – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Defines "normalized school" and claims that faith in the child and courage to see the truth provide a firm foundation for any Montessori school community. Claims that in order for normalization to truly occur, adults in the community must be as concerned with the value and vitality of their own growth as they are for those of their…
Descriptors: Developmental Psychology, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Philosophy, Individual Development
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Dubble, Sharon L. – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Discusses the Montessori method. Evolves a new vision of the school based on Montessori principles and addresses the anxieties felt during times of transition as part of the natural growth process. Claims that these transitions are cyclical, and affect more than just the children--they also create concern for teachers, parents, and administrators.…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Developmental Stages, Emotional Adjustment, Individual Development
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Matthews, Mary G. – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Responds to William Sears's article: "Attachment Parenting: A Style That Works" (PS 523 690). Claims that there are alternatives to "attachment parenting" based on the Montessori philosophy, pointing out that Sears's suggestion of sleeping with the baby and carrying the baby in a sling may easily become obstacles in the path of…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Family Involvement, Individual Development, Infants
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McNamara, Anne – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Claims that Matthews sees independence as moving freely and being able to function apart from the adult, leading to competence and cognitive development for life. Reiterates the importance of emotion, relationships, and the mother as the central part of the child's prepared environment. (MOK)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Individual Development, Infants, Montessori Method
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