From 1907, when Maria Montessori opened the inaugural Casa Dei Bambini (Children's House) in Rome, until the present day, hundreds of thousands of Montessori classrooms throughout the world have replicated the amazing results of Montessori's early work. Children happily and eagerly learn both life skills and academics, show care and compassion for their peers and their environment, develop refined and coordinated manual dexterity and fine motor coordination, and have an accurate sense of their own abilities, giving them confidence. We make these claims about Montessori, because we know from over a hundred years of hands-on classroom experience that it works.
But many other educational methods make the same claims. In Montessori, we're proud to be able to back ours up. Here you will find links to some of the most accurate and up-to-date research conducted on the benefits of Montessori education. Feel free to peruse the links and resources below. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of a study that should be included here, please feel free to contact us with that information.
Montessori Research and Articles
By Angeline Lillard and Nicole Else-Quest, published in Science magazine, Sept 2006
By Kevin Rathunde, published in the NAMTA Journal, Summer 2003
By Alexandra Frean, article in the London Times newspaper on Sept. 29, 2006
By Annette Haines, Kay Baker and David Kahn, published in the NAMTA Journal, Spring 2000
Overview on NAMTA website
By Angeline Lillard - link to her website with overview of book contents
By Sylvia Onesti-Richardson, published in Montessori Life, Summer 2004
A summary of current research by Paul Epstein, Ph.D, Sept 2009
By Carolyn Pope Edwards, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, published in Early Childhood Research and Practice
Eva Dobozy, University of Notre Dame
Kathryn Rinskopf-Dorman et al, published in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Winter 2007
By Tara Peris, Article Insider - a brief introduction to the history and current state of Montessori research