The Montessori Method: The Origins of an Educational Innovation : Including an Abridged and Annotated Edition of Maria Montessori's The Montessori Method

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - Education - 295 pages
The Montessori Method: The Origins of an Educational Innovation: Including an Abridged and Annotated Edition of Maria Montessori's The Montessori Method creates the context in which Maria Montessori developed her philosophy of early childhood education. It examines how a determined young woman overcame the obstacles that blocked the educational and career opportunities in Italy during the late Victorian age. Following Montessori, who was the first woman to earn a medical degree from the University of Rome, the biographical introduction takes her story to the establishment of the first Montessori school: the Casa dei Bambini in the slums of Rome. It then analyzes the sources and influences that shaped the creation of the Montessori philosophy of education. Special attention is given to The Montessori Method as the book that introduced this educational innovation to an American audience. The book is divided into four parts: (1) a biography of Maria Montessori: (2) an introductory commentary on the Montessori Method of Education: (3) an abridged and annotated edition of Maria Montessori's The Montessori Method (1912): (4) related documents.
 

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Contents

A Biography of Montessori and an Analysis of the Montessori Method
1
A Critical Consideration of the New Pedagogy in Its Relation to Modern Science
69
History of Methods
81
Inaugural Address Delivered on the Occasion of the Opening of One of the Childrens Houses
93
Pedagogical Methods Used in the Childrens Houses
107
Discipline
113
How the Lessons Should Be Given
123
Exercises of Practical Life
129
Intellectual Education
181
Methods for the Teaching of Reading and Writing
195
Description of the Method and Didactic Material Used
205
Language in Childhood
227
Teaching of Numeration Introduction to Arithmetic
233
Sequence of Exercises
243
General Review of Discipline
249
Conclusions and Impressions
261

Refection The Childs Diet
133
Muscular Education Gymnastics
135
Nature in Education Agricultural Labor Culture of Plants and Animals
143
Manual Labor The Potters Art and Building
149
Education of the Senses
153
Education of the Senses and Illustrations of the Didactic Material General Sensibility the Tactile Thermic Baric and Stereognostic Senses
161
General Notes on the Education of the Senses
177
Interpretation of Montessoris Lecture Translated
267
Excerpts from The Montessori System Examined
273
Appendix
279
Bibliography
283
Index
285
About the Editor
295
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Gerald Lee Gutek is professor emeritus at Loyola University. In 1989, he was the Loyola University of Chicago Outstanding Faculty member. Among his books are A History of the Western Educational Experience (1995), Philosophical and Ideological Perspectives on Education (1997), American Education 1945D2000: A History and Commentary (2000), and Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education: A Biographical Introduction (2000).

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