We believe that the Montessori Method makes sense because, when we read Montessori’s work, it resonates with what we know of human dignity and potential and especially of the needs and character of the child. We see anecdotal evidence in our classrooms every day – as well as in the headlines, because of the many remarkable and influential people who attended schools like ours – of the effectiveness of the Montessori Method. But ultimately, the research that has been done about the impact of Montessori education is the most reliable and unbiased evidence that what our school does works.
We are happy to share that research with you here. In addition to the links on this page, we frequently post articles on this subject to our social media accounts, perhaps most durably on Pinterest. We’ve separated the below into links to research specifically relevant to what we do, articles and research done outside strictly Montessori environments that support Montessori principles, and some links to resources meant to educate people about how (and how well) Montessori works that were put together well by organizations other than our school.
We would be delighted to discuss any of these with you – please feel free to contact our Director of Education if you have questions.
Research on Montessori Specifically
- American Montessori Society’s Research Library - A fantastic resource for journal articles, dissertations, and resources
- Maitri Learning: Neuroscience – Links to clinical research and articles related to neuroscientific looks at the Montessori Method
- North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA) Research – Research from NAMTA’s current and past journals.
- “Interventions shown to Aid Executive Function Development in Children 4-12 Years Old” – Science
- AMI-USA – Parent Resources - A mixture of articles, videos, and resources to help parents learn more about Montessori education
Research & Articles in Support of Montessori Principles
Research and Articles about Research
- “InBrief: Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning” – Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child – a video on this paper, largely filmed in Montessori classrooms
- “Classroom Decorations Can Distract Young Students” – Scientific American – An article on a study in Psychological Science, finding that highly decorated classrooms aren’t good for concentration.
- “Do Young Children Need Computers?” – Montessori Society AMI UK – an article about young children and the developmental impact of computer use.
- “Do cavies talk? The effect of anthropomorphic picture books on children’s knowledge about animals” – Frontiers in Psychology – a study on anthropomorphism in children’s literature
Expert Opinions (not necessarily linked to studies)
- “How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses” - Wired – On the revolutionary idea of giving students control over their own learning that Montessorians have been partaking of for over a century
- “How to Fall in Love With Math” – The New York Times – On the value of immersing students in mathematical ideas
- “Inspiring Creativity: Raise a Trailblazer” – Parents Magazine – On the importance of creativity and how to let it thrive through giving children, among other things, more freedom and less praise
- “Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures” – KQUED Public Media for Northern California (an NPR/PBS affiliate) – On benefits of allowing children to struggle
- “Raise a Self-Disciplined Child: Why Positive Parenting?” – Aha! Parenting – On more effective ways of raising a self-disciplined child than traditional punishments. Dig deeper into research behind this through the works cited.
- “The Milestones that Matter Most” – The Huffington Post – On the value of teaching children self-reliance and consideration of others, among other things
Resources through which to Learn More about the Montessori Method
Articles, Blogs, & Essays
- “Montessori 101: The Basics” – Montessori Mischief – A great overview of how Montessori education works in general by a Montessori parent and guide.
- MariaMontessori.com - A blog kept by several Montessorians
- “Montessori Builds Innovators” – Harvard Business Review
- “The Montessori Mafia” – The Wall Street Journal
- “How Google’s Larry Page became a responsible entrepreneur” – The Guardian – On how the founders of Google’s Montessori backgrounds shaped a company that now shapes our world
- “Is Montessori The Origin of Google & Amazon?” – Forbes – On Montessori’s influence of major entrepreneurs in our time
- 25th International Montessori Congress, Sydney 2005 – Papers - For those looking for in-depth academic papers on a variety of Montessori-related subjects
- Kids Talk – A blog by Montessorian Maren Stark Schmidt
- “A Peek Inside a Montessori Classroom” - Building the Pink Tower – Glimpses of the work Montessori students do
- “A Montessori Morning” - Lindsay Palmer Photography – An entire morning workcycle, compressed into a five minute video
- “Trevor Eissler ‘Montessori Madness!’” - 321 FastDraw – A parent’s thoughts on why to choose a Montessori school
- Montessori Guide: Video Gallery - Several amazing videos exploring aspects of Montessori classrooms at various levels
- Works written by Maria Montessori
- Montessori Madness, by Trevor Eissler
- Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, by Angeline Stoll Lillard
- Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood, by Paula Polk Lillard
- How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, by Tim Seldin and Vanessa Davies