Maria Montessori: Her Life and Legacy


Born more than 25 years before Piaget or Vygotsky, Maria Montessori understood the constructivistic nature of all learning. As she observed children building their understanding of the world, she developed materials and approaches to education that are now used, in part, in most early childhood classrooms across the world.

Montessori's conception of the changing roles the classroom environment and teacher should play for students of various ages is presented with carefully shot film of toddler, preschool, elementary school and secondary classes at work in accredited Montessori schools.

* The power of intrinsic motivation
* Prepared environnment for early education
* The role of adults in children's learning
* Her relationship with Piaget and Erikson
* Education for older children