Montessori Research Project

Dr. Fleege and his associates conducted a study, Montessori Pre-School Education, with two groups of children, one from a Montessori preschool and the other from a non-Montessori preschool. The children were from the same community, with the same socio-economic and cultural environment, and the educational background was similar for the parents. The traditional preschool was a very good school and the Montessori school was average to slightly below agerage. Here are the results using questionnaries, tests, observations and statisical analysis:
1. “Analysis of variance..confirms statistically the superiority of gains in verbal ablity made by Montessori trained children over gains made by a matched group of other that Montessori trained children…”
2. “94 percent of Montessori trained children five to five-and-one-half years old were ready to enter first grade as compared
with only 50 percent of tis age group in the Control group [children from the non-Montessori class]. The comparable percentages for reading eadiness were 67 and 30 percent respectively, thus indication a higher maturity and greater readiness level poroduced in the Montessori trained children.”
3.”Children in the public and parochial primary grades who had attended Montessori pre-school were found to be superior, at a statistically significant level, to their peers who had attended pre-schools other than Montessori, in inter-personal relations, in learning ability and interest in learning. No significant differences were found, however, between the groups in creativity, both groups having made equal progress.”
4.”Parochial and public school primary teachrs reported no particular adjustmanet problems “peculiar to Montessori pre-school trined children.” The majority rated children who had attended a Montessori pre-school as more independent, less in need of the teacher and as evidencing more leadership than their non-Montessori trained peers.”
5.”Nearly twice as many Montessori parents as other-than-Montessori pre-school parents noted a defininte carry-over and implementaion on the part of the child in the home of many of the pre-school intended outcomes.”
(The Montessori Way, Gitter, p.27)

Montessori Method
by Dr. Urban H. Fleege

Montessori children not only do well academically, but are ceative and socially well adjusted.

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