A critical enquiry into the implementation of the Montessori teaching method as a first step towards inclusive practice in early childhood settings specifically in developing countries

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Vettivello, Roshini. 2008. "A critical enquiry into the implementation of the Montessori teaching method as a first step towards inclusive practice in early childhood settings specifically in developing countries ." Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. 9 (2), pp. 178-181. https://doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2008.9.2.178
Article Title

A critical enquiry into the implementation of the Montessori teaching method as a first step towards inclusive practice in early childhood settings specifically in developing countries

ERA Journal ID20170
Article CategoryArticle
Authors
AuthorVettivello, Roshini
Journal TitleContemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Journal Citation9 (2), pp. 178-181
Number of Pages4
Year2008
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
ISSN1463-9491
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2008.9.2.178
Abstract

The analysis was carried out as part of a master's thesis and it aimed to analyse the extent to which the Montessori educational philosophy and teaching method incorporated inclusive educational qualities. The Montessori Method was first developed for children who were disadvantaged and considered 'idiots', in the slums of Italy's San Lorenzo. With the usage of her didactic materials, Maria Montessori proved that the children in question were indeed educable given the correct type of instruction. The focus of this article is on the inclusive qualities embedded within the Montessori philosophy and teaching method, which can be reason enough for it to be adopted by developing countries that have limited budgets/funding for the purpose of special education. This method could prove to be an easy alternative for the immediate implementation of early childhood inclusive education for countries such as Malaysia which do not yet possess specific legislation governing special education.

Keywordsteaching styles; child centred teaching; Malaysia; special education; developing countries
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390302. Early childhood education
390411. Special education and disability
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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