Montessori : The Science Behind the Genius

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In "Montessori", Angeline Lillard shows that science has finally caught up with Maris Montessori: Current scientific research provides astounding support for her insights. Lillard presents the research supporting eight insights that are foundational to Montessori education and describes how each of these insights is applied in the Montessori classroom. "Montessori" is, however, much more than an explanation of the scientific basis for Montessori's system - amid the clamor for evidence-based education, it is a stunning indictment of traditional education. In looking at the science behind Montessori's methods, it also becomes clear why traditional educational methods repeatedly fail. 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. Everyone interested in education, at all levels and in all forms, will take from this book a wealth of insights on how to improve teaching effectiveness. "Montessori" is indispensable reading for anyone looking for an alternative to our traditional system of education.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 419 pages
  • 162.6 x 236.2 x 27.9mm | 635.04g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3rd ed.
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195168682
  • 9780195168686

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...a stimulating evaluation of Montessori philosophy and practice, exploring some of the basic principles in relation to modern scientific research. ... an interesting resource that encourages teachers (from all methods) to reflect on their educational practices. In particular, anyone wanting to take a detailed and critical look at Montessori education would surely benefit for reading this book. Montessori International
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About Angeline Stoll Lillard

Angeline Stoll Lillard received her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University in 1991. 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. A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Lillard is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and four horses.
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Table of contents

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. Learning in meaningful contexts; 8. Adult interaction styles and child outcomes; 9. Order in enviroment and mind; 10. Education for children
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