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dc.contributor.advisorGregg, Gary S., 1949-
dc.contributor.authorWitte, Emily R.
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-22T15:59:25Z
dc.date.available2014-02-22T15:59:25Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10920/29157
dc.descriptionvi, 81 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractTheories about education date back to the seventeenth century as philosophers began to debate the practicality of formal education. Through these conversations, certain beliefs about the human nature and the child rose to the forefront and influenced the creation of school curriculums. Further research regarding the psychology of the child proved many of these assumptions to be false. The aim of the present study is to analyze two current educational systems (i.e., the traditional curriculum and the Montessori curriculum) to determine their efficacy in creating a positive experience for the student. To do this, interviews were conducted with 10 college-aged adults (M= 23 years); five who went through a traditional school program and five who went through a Montessori program. The qualitative data were analyzed using the Grounded Theory Approach to reveal three common influences: quality of the teachers, freedom of choice/autonomy, and size of the class. While these factors are not curriculum specific, further exploration of the core Montessori principles reveal that the method has a greater potential of facilitating a positive experience as the curriculum inherently considers the child's development at every stage. Further research should consider analyzing the academic implications of each program.en_US
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dc.relation.ispartofKalamazoo College Psychology Senior Individualized Projects Collection
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dc.titleIndividual Experiences with Montessori and Traditional Classrooms : A Qualitative Comparisonen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
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