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Animals, Parents and Children’s Learning

Some scientific research is carried out on animals, usually where the procedures would be illegal or potentially dangerous if applied to humans.  Obviously this raises very serious ethical issues, but there ar
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Montessori & Computers

 Sometimes educational research hits the headlines.  Last November one piece even made the whole of the front page of one tabloid (Lambert, 2016).  The broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom, had just produced their a
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Rewards – when will they ever learn?

Montessorians don’t always agree about everything but one of the many things we are all agreed on is that rewards don’t work. Back in the Summer of 2011, my regular column in Montessori International R
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What is happening to pre-school education in England?

Until recently, pre-school education was almost entirely private in the UK.  The vast majority of provisions were playgroups, often run by volunteer mothers at minimal cost.  Others followed specific educatio
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New Research on Parenting

Parents using electronic toys inhibit their infants’ speech development; parental controlling behaviour leads to a life of reduced wellbeing;  the ‘naughty step’ is not the best way of dealin
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Primary Diploma Course starting

A Montessori Primary Diploma course will be starting shortly in Chiddingstone.  It leads to the award of the MAEL diploma qualification.  The course will be taught by John & Marianne Clarkson, and occasio
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Fish Learning to Walk (and other learning research)

Can you teach a fish to walk?  And no, this is not a rhetorical question, nor a silly one.  Some researchers in Canada (Standen et al, 2014) have been trying to do just that – with surprising results. 
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Brain Executive Function promoted by Montessori

Probably the most exciting development in psychology over the last few years is the growing awareness of the importance of executive functions in the brain.  This is also an area of immense significance for Mo
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New Course in Nigeria

Our associate centre in Lagos, Nigeria, (The Eden Montessori Teacher Education Centre) is starting a new course shortly.  For details of the Centre please visit http://edenmontessori.com.ng/ and for contact d
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Using Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes are often used as a way of making clear what a course expects from its learners.   MAEL has just produced a position paper of this topic, outlining the background to the educational theory be