Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Education, Montessori

First Advisor

Alisha Brandon


Montessori Elementary Education


This action research project investigated the effect of exercises of practical life on the self regulation of an adolescent in his prepared environment at home. Participants included two parents (of which one was the researcher) and one adolescent boy aged sixteen. The research took place over seven weeks in the home of the adolescent. The researcher prepared areas of the house to create a setting for practical life exercises. A pre-attitude scale for the adolescent and pre assessments for the parents and the adolescent provided baseline data. This data supported the selection and design of the eight materials for the project. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected on school days using a daily observation log, journal, and weekly planning questionnaire. After the project, the parents and the adolescent completed a post-assessment, and the adolescent conducted a post-attitudes scale and interview. Analysis of the data suggests that some materials supported the adolescent. The interview provided clarification of data in the observation log. The adolescent has asked to continue using some of the materials. The project has given the family confidence in their ability to work together to create systems and tools to support routine and self-regulation.