I think the ideal situation for funding Montessori research would be A well funded, non-partisan organization would provide grants for Montessori research. Proposals would be reviewed by trained researchers (Psychology and Education researchers, professors, and graduate students) to confirm the methodology of the proposal is scientifically sound. Proposals that meet methodology requirements would be reviewed… Read More How can Montessori research be funded?
In a previous post I made the assertion that “Science can heal the Montessori movement if we are willing to do the research.” After such a bold statement it would be reasonable to ask “Well then, what research would you propose?” I am interested in comparing the efficacy of different methods using empirical evidence (not… Read More A Measurement Tool
From time to time I contemplate the Montessori alphabet soup (AMI, AMS, IAPM, MEPI, IMC, NAMC, etc…) and I imagine how much better the lives of children, and eventually all humankind, might be if the Montessori movement was more unified. If more of the Movement spoke with the same voice, we would be easier… Read More Can Science Heal the Montessori Movement?
In thinking about how to improve the indoor outdoor flow of an environment I have begun to consider many other aspects of the prepared environment. On the one hand I really enjoy an environment that feels like a family home, especially a well converted older home like a bungalow. However, traditional building structures split the… Read More an outside-in environment
“a significant part of the competence research base we rely on stems from a then-radical proposal made back in 1973 by the late Harvard professor David McClelland. Writing in the flagship psychology journal, McClelland proposed that if an organization wanted to hire or promote the best person for a specific job, such as a leadership… Read More Researching excellence
The letters in commercially available large moveable alphabets are generally organized by letter size. Small moveable alphabets however, are often arranged alphabetically. An alphabetical arrangement provides an indirect preparation for the skill of alphabetizing. What if the letters were arranged as on a keyboard? Keyboard arrangements vary from country to country and between languages. The most common… Read More Qwerty moveable alphabet?
Living and working in New Zealand where there is an eclectic mix of Montessori trainings has gotten me thinking about an external assessment for teachers. Let me explain through the following example… I attended a small rural high school with less than 400 students in the whole school. Maybe 15% of the graduating class went… Read More BS: External Assessment of Montessori Qualifications