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Maria Montessori By Dr Marion O'Donnell

Maria Montessori by Dr Marion O'Donnell

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Maria Montessori by Dr Marion O'Donnell

Maria Montessori's work and thinking form a unique legacy to current educational thinking and practice. In this text, Marion O'Donnell explores the key themes of her philosophy of education and explores the relevance of Montessori practices today. In a thorough survey and synthesis of Montessori's thinking and work, this text examines the key aspects of Montessori education: child development; the learning environment; the role of the teacher; the role of the learner and parental involvement. Within each key aspect, the author considers the implications for Montessori education and the views of critics and supporters, demonstrating their relevance to the demands of an education system within today's modern society.

About Dr Marion O'Donnell

Marion O'Donnell is a Montessori World Education Institute (Australia) Tutor, Workshop Lecturer and Examiner. She has worked as a teacher in Scotland, Canada and Australia. She has also lectured at the University of Technology, Queensland, Australia and has been a researcher at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface Foreword Part I: Intellectual Biography 1. Montessori and the Origins of Montessori Education 2. The Case dei Bambini (or Children's Houses) 3. Special Features of Montessori Education 4. The 'Explosion' into Writing and Reading 5. Montessori's System of Teacher Training Part II: Critical Exposition of Montessori's Work 6. Infancy, the Absorbent Mind, and Sensitive Periods 7. Early Childhood, Childhood, Adolescence/Youth 8. The Montessori Learning Environment adn Didactic Materials 9. The Three-period Lesson 10. The Active Learner and Normalization 11. Beginning Writing, Composing, Reading, Mathematics 12. Fantasy, Imagination, and Creativity 13. Abstract Thought and Curriculum 14. The Directress 15. Multi-age Grouping Part III: The Reception and Influence of Montessori's Work 16. Europe 17. United States of America 18. The British Isles 19. India 20. Australia 21. New Zealand 22. The Second Phase in Australasia Part IV: The Relevance of Montessori Education Today 23. The Place of Freedom 24. Observation of Free Children 25. Child Development 26. The Environment 27. Multiple Literacies 28. Beginning Writing 29. Beginning Reading 30. Should Children be Normalized? 31. Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum 32. The Directress 33. Conclusion Bibliography Definitions of Some Montessori Terms Index

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Maria Montessori by Dr Marion O'Donnell
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