Montessori and Early Childhood: A Guide for Students

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SAGE Publications, Nov 4, 2009 - Education - 182 pages
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Early childhood education across the world has been influenced by the pioneering work of Maria Montessori, and this book provides a complete overview of Montessori pedagogy and practice. It considers the Montessori approach within the context of early childhood education and care, and examines it in the light of new insights from the fields of neuroscience and child development. By helping the reader understand the influence of Montessori on contemporary early years policy and practice, the book outlines ideas relevant to all early years settings, and suggests ways for all early childhood educators to apply these ideas in practice.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Montessori story
7
2 The child worker and the adult observer
19
3 An environment of movement and order
38
4 The exercises of practical life
57
5 The exercises of the senses
76
6 Montessori language
102
7 Montessori mathematics
127
8 Prepared paths to culture
145
9 Montessori in context
160
Recommended reading
170
Bibliography
173
Index
176
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Susan Feez is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia.

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