Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
Montessori Elementary Education, Montessori Early Childhood
This research analyzes parents’ knowledge and perceptions of Montessori education in a dual track school. The school has three Montessori classrooms and nineteen traditional classrooms. Through surveys, the researcher gathered data on parents’ current perceptions. She then implemented Montessori educational workshops on core Montessori principles. The researcher also conducted five interviews to learn more about the various perceptions in the school. Finally, through a final survey the researcher was able gather data to show if using parent workshops changed parents’ perceptions on Montessori and offered more in-depth knowledge. The researcher found that a large majority of parents were on board with Montessori even though they had misunderstandings of different aspects of the method. Parents found the workshops helpful and were interested in going to more workshops. Based on the results gathered, the researcher found the need to do more parent education workshops in the next year.
Meert, Pauline. (2014). Montessori- What Is It All About?. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: http://sophia.stkate.edu/maed/52