Montessori Theory

Written by Tara Peris
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It is a common misconception that to learn about Montessori theory, you have to look for special training or certification classes. Although this is true for teachers looking to enter the classroom, laypeople have a number of resources at their disposal. In particular, Montessori theory is now taught as part of many college courses and distance learning programs.

It used to be the case that information on Montessori teaching methods could be obtained only from specific outlets. Information sessions, school consultations, and distributed pamphlets were the only mechanisms for getting the basic facts on Montessori methods. This worked for parents who happened to be in the know, but not for most other people.

Bringing Montessori Theory to the Mainstream

Recent initiatives have attempted to bring Montessori theory into the mainstream. In particular, these initiatives have debunked the notion that Montessori is a cult-like hippie cooperative movement, and worked toward more informed views of its approach. These views stress the science that drives the central Montessori theory.

It is testimony to the utility of Montessori theory that it is now taught in a number of college classes. Indeed, the Montessori method is often discussed in fields such as education, human development, and psychology. In each of these subjects, Montessori is hailed as one of the few scientifically supported education programs available today. Using the technology available to us today, teachers are able to train in Montessori for multiple age groups by taking an online distance learning course.

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