Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
Montessori Elementary Education, Elementary Education
This action research project was completed to test the impact of a series of lessons centered around empathy and building social skills on the students and community of a Montessori elementary classroom. The setting was a suburban school in a classroom of 15 children ages six to nine. The students were primarily Caucasian and coming from middle class families. Data was collected using a tally sheet, observational field notes, a series of journal prompts and a pre/post survey. Both Grace and Courtesy lessons and storytelling sessions were part of the intervention plan. The children participated in a variety of ways including role playing, discussions, and story sharing. The results showed that the lessons did improve the interactions between the children as well as the feelings of community. The children developed a common language and skills to more positively navigate difficult interactions.
Kolb, Lauren L.. (2019). Effects of Social/Emotional Lessons in an Elementary Montessori Environment. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: https://sophia.stkate.edu/maed/303