Who is Maria Montessori?

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Profile: Maria Montessori

     Maria Montessori is regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in early childhood education. Her ideas have become known and recognized throughout the world and have significantly influenced traditional education.
     She became interested in education after having worked with children in her medical practice. She soon abandoned her medical practice and dedicated herself to the study of human development. The basis of her studies – as most scientists – was observation. She observed for more than 50 years in Europe, America, and Asia, children of all races, cultures and social environments. She found that they developed according to the same rules, and had the same needs and behaviour, at the same time in their life. From this extensive study, a complex educational philosophy grew that we know today as the Montessori method.

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