Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
Montessori Early Childhood
This action research studied the effect of instructing and modeling grace and courtesy lessons on the normalization of a primary Montessori classroom. The study was conducted at a private, in-home Montessori classroom serving children three to six years of age. Nine students received daily presentations of grace and courtesy lessons over four weeks totaling twenty lessons in all. Sources of data included student-teacher conferencing, tally sheets, behavioral self-assessments, and teacher journaling. Instructing and modeling grace and courtesy lessons resulted in an increase in desired behaviors, a more positive classroom environment, and additional knowledge gained on this subject. Throughout this study, students began showing signs of normalization and required less assistance from the teacher. The lessons of grace and courtesy can positively impact the learning environment and lead to the normalization of a Montessori primary classroom.
Mahan, Kara A.. (2018). The Impact of Grace and Courtesy Instruction and Modeling on the Normalization of a Montessori Primary Classroom. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: http://sophia.stkate.edu/maed/282