Year

2015

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

School of Education

Abstract

The study of Montessori early adolescent education principles and practice has been the subject of minimal research to date, in part because most Montessori middle schools have only been in existence for the past ten to twenty years in the USA. Montessori’s vision for adolescent education, dating from 1929, was founded on her notion of the farm school as the ideal learning environment for adolescents. Until recently, the realisation of students boarding at a farm school was found to be practically untenable. Mario Montessori Jnr’s suggestion of the introduction of Pedagogy of Place principles in 1973 permitted alternative possibilities for Montessori adolescent educational settings.

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