Montessori Comes to America: The Leadership of Maria Montessori and Nancy McCormick Rambusch

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University Press of America, Dec 22, 2009 - Education - 170 pages
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What role did women's leadership play in the introduction and revival of the Montessori Method in America? Phyllis Povell explores this question through the contributions of Maria Montessori and Nancy McCormick Rambusch, who brought the Montessori Method to the American educational scene.

Introduced to the U. S. in the early 20th century by Montessori herself, the Method lapsed into oblivion after WWI. Thanks to Rambusch, it was reborn after the launching of Sputnik. In Montessori Comes to America, Povell traces the evolution of women's leadership and its influence on the Montessori Method's development. She includes insights from her own formative years, showing how childhood, education and career all shape women into leaders.

New research not only illuminates the unique roles of two historic early childhood educators, but also updates the historical record and reveals the human dimension behind one of the most colorful chapters in American educational development.

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Chapter 01 The Evolution of Womens Leadership
Chapter 02 The Radical Life of Maria Montessori
Chapter 03 The Peripatetic Life of Nancy McCormick Rambusch
Chapter 04 Montessori and Her Method Come to America
Chapter 05 Montessori Education Returns as a Social Movement
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About the author (2009)

Phyllis Povell is a professor emerita and former director of the Early Childhood Program at Long Island University. She received her Ph.D. from New York University in history of education/comparative education. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in many academic journals. Povell has spoken at countless professional conferences nationally and internationally and was an invited keynote speaker at the First International Conference of the Chinese Montessori Society in Jinan, China.

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