– a synopsis of her life and work -
Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) was a phenomenal visionary, humanitarian, philosopher, doctor, scientist and educator, and of course, the creator of the Montessori method of education. She challenged the norms of her time, becoming Italy’s first female graduate in medicine. Through her studies she became an accomplished scientist and observer. Having practised medicine for fifteen years, she became interested in education through tending to children in a mental asylum. She opened the “Casa dei Bambini”, or “Children’s house”, in the slums of Rome, treating it as an educational laboratory in which to develop her theories of child development and education. In 1909 she published “The Montessori Method”, thereafter embarking on a series of lectures and establishing schools. Many of today’s teachers and educational institutions all over the world have been enriched by her legacy of observations and child development philosophy.
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