Montessori Research Books

Montessori Research Books

Montessori: The Science behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard
In the third edition, Lillard shows that science has finally caught up with Maria Montessori: Current scientific research provides astounding support for her major insights. Lillard presents the research concerning eight insights that are foundational to Montessori education and describes how each of these insights is applied in the Montessori classroom. In reading this book, parents and teachers alike will develop a clear understanding of what happens in a Montessori classroom and, more important, why it happens and why it works. Amid the clamor for evidence-based education, this book presents the studies that show how children learn best, makes clear why many traditional practices come up short, and describes an ingenious alternative that works.
Angeline Stoll Lillard is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. 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. She is also the recipient of a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award for 2005-2006.
Oxford University Press (2017). 474 pages, references, index. 
See also the accompanying DVD.


A Comparison of Montessori and Traditional Middle Schools: Motivation, Quality of Experience, and Social Context
The centerpiece of this Summer 2003 NAMTA Journal (vol. 28, no. 3) describes the results of research conducted by Dr. Kevin Rathunde of the University of Utah. Students in Montessori middle schools reported more positive motivation and experience than a matched sample of students attending traditional middle schools.


Back Issues of The NAMTA Journal
Back issues still in print are available at $7.00 each. 

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