Structures and Philosophies of Educational Institutions The Montessori system of elementary school learning has a foundational structure in which the school and its teachers act to guide and nurture the development of each student’s potential through the educational goals of creating successful, informed, active, compassionate and lifelong learners who will make a positive contribution to the community. Maria Montessori was an Italian educator born in the late nineteenth century who advocated a child-centered approach to elementary education in particular, which she developed from her success with children with developmental disabilities (Montessori Foundation, 2010). As Elkind (1975) notes, Montessori believed that “in the course of...The end:
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