Montessori’s approach to the child and learning

According to Bradley et al., “Several themes underpin Montessori’s view of education:

  • the child’s independence
  • learning through active play
  • the ability to think creatively and the ability of children to educate themselves
  • developing concentration
  • the adult’s respect for the child as a unique individual
  • the adult’s use of observation
  • the environment prepared according to individual children’s needs.” (p.74)

“Montessori saw the favourable environment as being:

  • accessible and available to the child
  • providing freedom of movement and choice
  • enabling the child to take personal responsibility for looking after the environment
  • providing real materials and a natural environment
  • possessing beauty and harmony.” (p.78)

Ref:  Martin Bradley, Barbara Isaacs, Louise Livingston, Dawn Nasser, Annd Marie True and Margaret Dillane ‘Maria Montessori in the United Kingdom: 100 Years On’ pp.71-85 in Eds. Linda Miller and Linda Pound (2011) Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years. Sage: Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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2 Responses to Montessori’s approach to the child and learning

  1. If anyone wants to learn more about her approach, Dr Montessori’s book ‘The Secret of Childhood’ is a great place to start.

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