Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius / Edition 2

Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius / Edition 2

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by Angeline Stoll Lillard
     
 

ISBN-10: 019536936X

ISBN-13: 9780195369366

Pub. Date: 09/28/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


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…  See more details below

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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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ISBN-13:
9780195369366
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Edition description:
Updated Edition
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
216,550
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1An answer to the crisis in education3
2The impact of movement on learning and cognition38
3Choice and perceived control80
4Interest in human learning114
5Extrinsic rewards and motivation152
6Learning from peers192
7Meaningful contexts for learning224
8Adult interaction styles and child outcomes257
9Order in environment and mind289
10Education for children325

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bclcand More than 1 year ago
As a mother of two young children, I have 30 minutes a night to enjoy some personal reading time. I found myself looking forward all day to reading more of this book. It has so many interesting insights into the hows and whys of the Montessori method! I'm sure I must have been driving my husband mad with all the "Honey, listen to this!", and "Oh, this is interesting, let me read this part to you..." He finally read the book himself when I was done, and he was also extremely impressed with Dr. Lillard's work, which says a lot since he's an engineer who appreciates good research and writing. I found it VERY easy and enjoyable to read even though much of the subject was research and case study. If you enjoy discovering insights into your child, how they learn best, and want to know why the Montessori method is exceptional, this is a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sets out to explain via examples from modern research and case studies, why Montessori is a good educational choice for everyone who is interested. It does an excellent of dispelling myths such as children have no rules or boundaries and the curriculum leaving children with gaps in knowledge due the lack of depth or precision. The author readily admits that many schools use the Montessori name without actually adhering to its principles and that therein lies a huge problem when looking for a reliable program. This book exists for sake of helping skeptics understandexactly what true Montessori is and is not. If you are like me, you will have "aha" moments as you read and you will be pleasantly surpised at how wrong everything you thought you knew about Montessori is. This book is for the people who want to know what science says in relation to the Montessori system. It will reference many of the greats of educational psychology as many were contemporaries of Dr. Maria Montessori. It will report and analyze the findings of many case studies using both Montessori and non Montessori classrooms. And it will make you feel like you learned something. I would recommend this book to parents who are considering Montessori for their kids; traditional teachers who want know what Montessori is really about; and anyone who wants to reliable research based information to share the next time you hear a parent or teacher say that Montessori is simply letting kids do whatever they want whenever they want. It is an easy read even with the main information coming from research and case study. I found it to be not only enlightening but also engrossing and enjoyable.
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