Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius

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Oxford University Press, Jul 15, 2008 - Psychology - 424 pages
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One hundred years ago, Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, devised a very different method of educating children, based on her observations of how they naturally learn. In Montessori, Angeline Stoll Lillard shows that science has finally caught up with Maria Montessori. Lillard presents the research behind eight insights that are foundations of Montessori education, describing how each of these insights is applied in the Montessori classroom. In reading this book, parents and teachers alike will develop a clear understanding of what happens in a Montessori classroom and, more important, why it happens and why it works. Lillard, however, does much more than explain the scientific basis for Montessori's system: Amid the clamor for evidence-based education, she presents the studies that show how children learn best, makes clear why many traditional practices come up short, and describes an ingenious alternative that works. Now with a foreword by Renilde Montessori, the youngest grandchild of Maria Montessori, Montessori offers a wealth of insights for anyone interested in education.

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User Review  - Rosemary - Goodreads

The first chapter was excellent and convinced me of the superiority of Montessori over traditional schooling. This is the first book on Montessori I've read which has given details of research. I skimmed the rest of the book, but would like to come back to it. Read full review

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User Review  - Deborah Byfield Nyberg - Goodreads

It was great to read the science behind the philosophy! Read full review


1 An Answer to the Crisis in Education
2 The Impact of Movement on Learning and Cognition
3 Choice and Perceived Control
4 Interest in Human Learning
5 Extrinsic Rewards and Motivation
6 Learning from Peers
7 Meaningful Contexts for Learning
8 Adult Interaction Styles and Child Outcomes
9 Order in Environment and Mind
10 Education for Children
Works Cited
Name Index
Subject Index

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Angeline Stoll Lillard is Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. An authority on learning and development, she was awarded the Developmental Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award in 1992 and its Boyd McCandless Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution in 1999.

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