Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work

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Maria Montessori is important background reading for parents considering Montessori education for their children, as well as for those training to become Montessori teachers. The first woman to win a degree as a Doctor of Medicine in Italy in 1896, Maria Montessori's mission to improve children's education began in the slums of Rome in 1907, and continued throughout her lifetime. Her insights into the minds of children led her to develop prepared environments and other tools and devices that have come to ...

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Overview

Maria Montessori is important background reading for parents considering Montessori education for their children, as well as for those training to become Montessori teachers. The first woman to win a degree as a Doctor of Medicine in Italy in 1896, Maria Montessori's mission to improve children's education began in the slums of Rome in 1907, and continued throughout her lifetime. Her insights into the minds of children led her to develop prepared environments and other tools and devices that have come to characterize Montessori education today. Her influence in other countries has been profound and many of her teaching methods have been adopted by educators generally. Part biography and part exposition of her ideas, this engaging book reveals through her letters and personal diaries Maria Montessori's humility and delight in the success of her educational experiments and is an ideal introduction to the principals and practices of the greatest educational pioneer of the 20th century.

  • The new introduction to Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work by Lee Havis, executive director of the International Montessori Society, discusses the changes that have taken place in Montessori education within recent years.
  • An updated appendix of Montessori periodicals, courses, societies, films, and teaching materials.
  • A revised bibliography of books by and about Maria Montessori.

The biography of the great educator whose revolutionary approach to teaching changed the course of modern education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452279896
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 165,057
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

The late E.M. Standing was an assistant to Maria Montessori for 30 years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Lee Havis Author's Preface
Part One: Life of Dr. Maria Montessori
I. Preparation II. Discovery III. Development IV. A Great and "Representative" Personality
Part Two: The Psychology of Development
V. The Young Explorer VI. Stages of Development VII. "Sensitive Periods" in Development VIII. The "Work" of the Child - The Creation of the Adult IX. The Sensorial Foundations of Intellectual Life X. Deviations and Normality
Part Three: The Significance of Movement in Education
XI. A Visit to Lilliput XII. Movement in Relation to Instinct and Reason XIII. The Exercises of Practical Life XIV. Movement and Mental Assimilation
Part Four: The New Relationship
XV. The Fundamental Problem in Education XVI. The Prepared Environment XVII. Liberty in Education - True and False XVIII. The Montessori Directress
Part Five: Montessori and Froebel
XIX. Similarities XX. Differences XXI. Montessori, Froebel, and the Junior School Appendix Index

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

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    If one reads this book will find connections to many things that are still happening in the 21th century as well. It is time for great discoveries and lets not forget the ones who already made discoveries.

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