Centenary Book: History of Montessori in Australia
We are most excited to bring you the news that the Montessori Australia Foundation has commissioned a book to commemorate the 2013 Centenary of Montessori in Australia. The book "Montessori The...Read more.
Author Dr Susan Feez
Susan Feez is a lecturer in English and Literacies Education at the University of New England. Susan has worked as a classroom teacher of language, literacy and TESOL across the primary, secondary...Read more.
In the first decade of the twentieth century in Rome Dr Maria Montessori initiated an experiment in pedagogy for children of the urban poor. This ‘experiment’ was so successful it very quickly...Read more.
Chapter 2. A shared European heritage
This chapter sketches the provenance of Montessori education, from European enlightenment philosophy, via social reformers of the nineteenth century to Dr Montessori’s own development as an...Read more.
Chapter 3. International travellers
This chapter talks about the international travellers including the four Australian women who took part in the 1913 international Montessori training course in Rome - Rhoda Selfe, Norma Selfe,...Read more.
Chapter 4. Martha Simpson
The educational leader who stands out as the earliest and, it could be argued, the most influential proponent of Montessori education in Australia was Martha Margaret Mildred Simpson (1865–1948...Read more.
Chapter 5. Swimming against the tide
We follow the next steps in the four Australian trained Montessorians and introduce the story of Lillian de Lissa who joined Dr Montessori's second training course. While they returned to...Read more.
Chapter 7. Training at home and abroad
A key factor restricting the expansion of Australian Montessori schools over the last hundred years has been an ongoing shortage of trained Montessori teachers, a consequence of
Chapter 8. Philanthropy and social justice
The early twentieth-century pioneers of Montessori education in Australia, like Maria Montessori herself, were working in an era when early childhood educators saw themselves as