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Running head: THE FORGOTTEN THERY- MONTESSORI METHOD1The Forgotten Theory- Montessori MethodAldra WalkerSNHU Short PaperDecember 2, 2019
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THE FORGOTTEN THERY- MONTESSORI METHOD2The Forgotten Theory- Montessori MethodThe forgotten theory is also known as the Montessori Method of Education developed by Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, and inventor of early childhood educational theories. Today, Montessori’s theories are implemented in schools across the globe, but not without controversy on advantages and disadvantages. This theory challenges the traditional classroom method of the teacher being in charge to the children being in control of their learning. The main idea behind the theory is that children learn at their own pace and shouldn’t be put on the same learning scales as their peers. Montessori created a new scientific approach to education through observations that studied all the dynamics of children that lead them to explore, discover, and learn (Certini, 2012). She believed that for a child to learn he/she must have the world at their fingertips meaning that environmental influences play a huge role in a child’s development (Certini, 2012). The Montessori method was introduced back in the 1900s that focuses on a child’s independence to learn. In other words, this theory centers around child-led educational activities meaning the child is in control of their education. The American Montessori Society defines Montessori as “an education philosophy and practice that fosters rigorous, self-motivated growthfor children and adolescents in all areas of their development, with a goal of nurturing each child’s natural desire for knowledge, understanding, and respect" (American Montessori, 2019).
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