Practical Application of Montessori Philosophy and Practice in a Public School Setting
The Montessori method is an educational system that was designed to help children to become active, enthusiastic, independent learners. It involves multi-age classrooms, student-centered curriculum, uninterrupted work-cycles, and portfolio assessment. The first Montessori school was opened in 1907, and the method still flourishes today all over the world. In recent years, the Montessori philosophy has become a part of many public schools, through the use of manipulatives and, in some cases, through the curriculum itself. This thesis discusses the origin and philosophy of the Montessori method, how it is applied in a classroom setting, and how the method can be adapted into a public elementary school curriculum. It draws on the methods of already-established Montessori public schools for guidance, and proposes ways that public schools could implement Montessori methods on different levels.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Montessori, Maria -- 1870-1952
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Honors in the Major Thesis
White, Tracy, "Practical Application of Montessori Philosophy and Practice in a Public School Setting" (2000). HIM 1990-2015. 203.