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The Kodaikanal years were from late 1942 to March, 1944, a period of internment for Maria Montessori against her will in India. Yet in these remote hills, a fanfare and training course emerged, and so did the inspiration for an in-depth unification principle for the elementary program which we now loosely call Cosmic Education. These two interviews with Lena Wikramaratne and Mario Montessori Sr. [see EJ1078110 for the interview with Mario Montessori Sr.] capture a period of new thinking about Montessori education that personifies the interdependent components of land and water, air and energy, animals and plants, alongside the human-made world. Both Mario and Maria Montessori lived near a complex that housed families with children from infancy to age eighteen, and this location is considered to be the inspiration for their emerging insights around childhood and adolescence. [This article was reprinted from "The NAMTA Quarterly" 5,1 (1979, Fall): 44-54.]

Descriptors: Montessori Method, Elementary Education, Interviews, Holistic Approach, Natural Resources, Animals, Plants (Botany), Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Child Development, Educational History, Personal Narratives, Natural Sciences, Outdoor Education

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Autor: NAMTA Journal, v38 n1 p83-91 Win 2013


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