A century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori founded an educational movement that has been remarkably consistent despite time and location. This film presents the intertwined history of Dr. Montessori’s life, her philosophy and the basic principles of educational practice still followed in schools that bear her name.
Using enchanting sequences from three schools with pupils ranging in age from two to sixteen, this production informs viewers of the basic structure of Montessori education and provides them with an understanding of the unique materials and instructional methods of Montessori schools. The film also documents Dr. Montessori’s long and dramatic life with rare archival photos. Dr. Annette Haines, an experienced Montessori classroom teacher and teacher educator, narrates. (35 minutes - 2004) (This is a 4-minute sample clip)
This film is part of a Davidson Film series, “GIANTS”, which focuses on the great theorists in the realms of psychology and education. In 8 important films, the series also profiles the work and thought of Mary Ainsworth, Albert Bandura, John Dewey, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, B.F. Skinner, and Lev Vygotsky.