- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Updated edition (August 12, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019536936X
- ISBN-13: 978-0195369366
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A stimulating evaluation of Montessori philosophy and practice, exploring some of the basic principles in relation to modern scientific research. . . . In particular, anyone wanting to take a detailed and critical look at Montessori education would surely benefit from reading this book."-- Montessori International
"Angeline Lillard may have changed the rules of engagement for debates on educational reform."-- Dennis Schapiro, Editor, The Public Montessorian
"Dr. Angeline Stoll Lillard has clearly summarized the research that explains why, after 100 years, the Montessori approach to education continues to be a phenomenal worldwide success."-- Tim Seldin, President, The Montessori Foundation, and Chair, The International Montessori Council
"Lillard provides a visionary framework for those currently working to advance Montessori education and those committed to furthering school reform initiatives. This is an illuminating, thoughtful, and extremely important book. "-- Richard A. Ungerer, Executive Director, American Montessori Society
"This is a great book. It is beautifully written, and expertly uses the psychological research literature to evaluate Montessori theory and practice. What an original and important contribution."-- Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
"Lillard has masterfully explored the basic tenets of Montessori education and how they are validated with todays scientific findings. The result is a long-awaited and important contribution that contrasts with traditional education and offers evidence in support of a method that works. A stunning achievement!"--Virginia McHugh Goodwin, Executive Director, Association Montessori Internationale, USA
About the Author
Angeline Stoll Lillard is Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. An authority on learning and development, 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.
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It really reaffirmed my desire to educate my child using these methods and gave me the best picture yet as to what that education would look like from prek through primary school.
The bad: 1.not that well witten, there are lots of moments when the author's earnestness is reduced to sentences saying something like Xleads me to suspect Y and Z but no research has been done to confirm this. While the attempt to be impartial is admirable it gets old and somehow just highlights what a believer of montessori the author is ( there is nothing wrong with that, I am too it's just a style issue.)
2. There is nothing particularly groundbreaking or unique. If you have read about montessori or educational theories even just ny times articles on these issues, there is nothing new here for you. No surprising research etc.
That said the book puts things together in a very clear manner.