MONTESSORI Vs TRADITIONAL EDUCATION: A COMPARATIVE GLANCE

 

MONTESSORI LEARNING ENVIRONMENT                       VS                 TRADITIONAL SCHOOL SETTING

 

Three-year range per class (Multi-age classes)                >>>>>>>>>>>                             One age per class

 

Child is a partner in learning                             >>>>>>>>>>>>                                              Child relies on teacher for direction

 

Classroom centers on individual and cooperative tasks          >>>>>>>>>>>                 Classroom focuses on individual tasks

 

Emphasis on cognitive structures                        >>>>>>>>>>>                                            Emphasis on root knowledge

 

Children are encouraged to teach, collaborate, and help one another     >>>>>        Teaching done by teacher

 

Many solutions can be found                         >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>                                  One answer is right

 

Questions are valued                                        >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>                               Answers are valued

 

Emphasis on problem-solving and thinking                        >>>>>>>>>>>>                        Emphasis on verbal information

 

Method and Environment encourage self-discipline                   >>>>>>>>>                   Teacher is primary enforcer of external discipline

 

Child takes part in own learning                            >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>                         Child is recipient of knowledge

 

Play is a condition of learning                           >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>                             Work and play are divided

 

Groups are developed by interest and motivation                  >>>>>>>>>>                      Grouping is by ability and age

 

Child works until chosen project is completed                  >>>>>>>>>>>>>                       Children have specific time limit for work

 

Assessment is for instructional decision-making                    >>>>>>>>>>>                     Assessment is primarily for classification

 

Abundance of hands-on material that teach the               >>>>>>>>>>>>>                      Use of textbooks/workbooks that state facts

children the "whys" behind the facts