Montessori Method / Edition 1

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An essential resource for all students and scholars of early childhood education, this book offers a rich array of material about Maria Montessori and the Montessori Method. Distinguished education scholar Gerald Gutek begins with an in-depth biography of Montessori, exploring how a determined young woman overcame the obstacles that blocked her educational and career opportunities in Italy during the late Victorian age. The author then analyzes the sources and influences that shaped the Montessori philosophy of education. After laying the foundation for Montessori's development, Gutek presents an annotated and abridged edition of The Montessori Method (1912), the seminal work that introduced her educational innovations to a U.S. audience. The book concludes with key historical documents, including disciple Anne E. George's notes on the Montessori lectures and William H. Kilpatrick's critique of the Montessori method. Preserving the historical context of Montessori's contribution, Gutek also shows the continuing relevance of her thought to educational reform in the twenty-first century.

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Editorial Reviews

James C. Moses
An outstanding contribution. Gutek has given us a treasure trove of information and insights to be mined over and over again. The Montessori Method is required reading for the college student who wants to find out more about this important figure in twentieth-century education reform, as well as for the scholar seeking original sources for Montessori research.
Library Journal
While still controversial within certain circles, Montessori remains one of the most important figures in the history of educational reform in the 20th century. Editor Gutek (educational leadership & policy studies, emeritus, Loyola Univ.) divides this volume into three parts: a brief biographical introduction of Montessori, an abridged and slightly annotated version of one of her seminal works, and a few very brief examples of contemporary reactions to her ideas. Any significant reevaluation of Montessori's life and work should find a place in any library, but Gutek's latest book does not make the grade; it does not reflect the rich interpretation of Montessori's work one might expect of an eminent philosopher of education. There is little in this new edition to recommend it to any library that already holds the original source work (The Montessori Method), Rita Kramer's Maria Montessori: A Biography, or even Gutek's own textbook (Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education: A Biographical Introduction, 3d ed.), which includes a sketch of Montessori not significantly shorter than the one provided here.-Scott Walter, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742519121
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald Lee Gutek is professor emeritus at Loyola University. In 1989, he was the Loyola University of Chicago Outstanding Faculty member. Among his books are A History of the Western Educational Experience (1995), Philosophical and Ideological Perspectives on Education (1997), American Education 1945D2000: A History and Commentary (2000), and Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education: A Biographical Introduction (2000).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Editor's Note Chapter 2 Introduction: A Biography of Montessori and an Analysis of the Montessori Method Part 3 Part I: An Annotated Edition of Maria Montessori's The Montessori Method Chapter 4 A Critical Consideration Of The New Pedagogy In Its Relation To Modern Science Chapter 5 History Of Methods Chapter 6 Inaugural Address Delivered On The Occasion of the Opening of One of the "Children's Houses" Chapter 7 Pedagogical Methods Used In The "Children's Houses" Chapter 8 Discipline Chapter 9 How The Lesson Should Be Given Chapter 10 Exercises Of Practical Life Chapter 11 Refection—The Child's Diet Chapter 12 Muscular Education—Gymnastics Chapter 13 Nature In Education—Agricultural Labor: Culture Of Plants And Animals Chapter 14 Manual Labour—The Potter's Art and Building Chapter 15 Education Of The Senses Chapter 16 Education Of The Senses And Illustrations Of The Didactic Material: General Sensibility; the Tactile, Thermic, Baric, and Stereognostic Senses Chapter 17 General Note on The Education of The Senses Chapter 18 Intellectual Education Chapter 19 Methods For The Teaching of Reading and Writing Chapter 20 Description Of The Method and Didactic Material Used Chapter 21 Language In Childhood Chapter 22 Teaching of Numeration: Introduction to Arithmetic Chapter 23 Sequence of Exercises Chapter 24 General Review of Discipline Chapter 25 Conclusions and Impressions Part 26 Part II: Related Documents Chapter 27 Interpretation of Montessori's Lecture Chapter 28 Excerpts from The Montessori System Examined

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