Research & Resources
From 1907, when Maria Montessori opened the inaugural Casa Dei Bambini (Children's House) in Rome, until the present day, hundreds of thousands of Montessori classrooms throughout the world have replicated the amazing results of Montessori's early work.
Children happily and eagerly learn both life skills and academics, show care and compassion for their peers and their environment, develop refined and coordinated manual dexterity and fine motor coordination, and have an accurate sense of their own abilities, giving them confidence. We make these claims about Montessori, because we know from over a hundred years of hands-on classroom experience that it works.
But many other educational methods make the same claims. In Montessori, we're proud to be able to back ours up. Here you will find links to some of the most accurate and up-to-date research conducted on the benefits of Montessori education. Feel free to peruse the links and resources below. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of a study that should be included here, please feel free to contact us with that information.
Please note: due to the government shutdown, some of the links below may be temporarily disabled.
Evaluating Montessori Education
By Angeline Lillard and Nicole Else-Quest, published in Science magazine, Sept 2006
A Comparison of Montessori and Traditional Middle Schools: Motivation, Quality of Experience and Social Context
By Kevin Rathunde, published in the NAMTA Journal, Summer 2003
Test-free system gives children a better start in life
By Alexandra Frean, article in the London Times newspaper on Sept. 29, 2006
Optimal Developmental Outcomes: The social, moral, cognitive and emotional dimensions of a Montessori Education
By Annette Haines, Kay Baker and David Kahn, published in the NAMTA Journal, Spring 2000
Studies In support of Early-Childhood Montessori
Overview on NAMTA website
Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius
By Angeline Lillard - link to her website with overview of book contents
Research Validates Montessori approach to teaching Language
By Sylvia Onesti-Richardson, published in Montessori Life, Summer 2004
Three Approaches from Europe: Waldorf, Montessori and Reggio-Emilia
By Carolyn Pope Edwards, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, published in Early Childhood Research and Practice
Constructivist and Montessorian Perspectives on student autonomy and freedom
Eva Dobozy, University of Notre Dame
High School outcomes for students in a public Montessori program
Kathryn Rinskopf-Dorman et al, published in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Winter 2007
Montessori Research and Development
By Tara Peris, Article Insider - a brief introduction to the history and current state of Montessori research
For those wanting to learn more about Montessori, many great resources exist. Quality books and printed material, online sites, and DVDs offer accessible and practical information to understand Montessori and apply its principles.
MNW stocks an extensive inventory of Maria Montessori’s books for purchase at competitive prices. To order, please contact us directly. Payment can be made via check or PayPal. If you would like books shipped to you, please contact Montessori Northwest directly to calculate shipping rates.
Looking for a contemporary introduction to Montessori education? Consider these options:
Understanding Montessori – by Maren Schmidt
Montessori: The Science behind the Genius – by Dr. Angeline Lillard
Montessori Madness – by Trevor Eisler
Montessori and Your Child: A Primer for Parents – Terry Malloy
Montessori: A Modern Approach – Paula Polk Lillard
Writings by Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori wrote prolifically throughout her life. Listed below are her available translated works in English. All are available for purchase through MNW, please contact us for pricing and shipping information.
The Absorbent Mind
Advanced Montessori Method 1
Advanced Montessori Method 2
Basic Ideas of Montessori’s Educational Theory
California Lectures of Maria Montessori, 1915
The Child in the Family
The Child, Society and the World
Creative Development in the Child, Vol 1
Creative Development in the Child, Vol 2
The Discovery of the Child
Education and Peace
Education for a New World
Education for Human Development
The Formation of Man
The Four Planes of Education
From Childhood to Adolescence
The Secret of Childhood
To Educate the Human Potential
What You Should Know About Your Child
Other Noteworthy Books
The list of books below includes noteworthy or practical texts in the Montessori literature:
Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius – by Dr. Angeline Lillard
Understanding the Human Being – by Silvana Montanaro
Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work – by E.M. Standing
Nurturing the Spirit – by Aline Wolf
At Home with Montessori – by Patricia Oriti
In a Montessori Home (book and DVD) – by Sarah Moudry
100 Child Development Tips – by Heather Pederson
The Outdoor Classroom – by Mary Boden
Let out the Sunshine – by Regina Barnett
Montessori Play and Learn – by Lesley Britton
Communications – journal of the Association Montessori Internationale. Articles from 1999 onwards are available to view online.
NAMTA Journal – journal of the North American Montessori Teacher’s Association
Public School Montessorian - a quarterly independent newspaper covering a broad range of Montessori educational topics and issues.
Montessori Associations and Organizations
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) – founded by Maria Montessori in 1929 and with teacher training offered in 35 countries around the world.
AMI-USA – Branch office of AMI, located in Rochester, New York.
North American Montessori Teacher’s Association (NAMTA) – An affiliate organization of AMI, open to parents, teachers, and anyone else interested in Montessori education.
Montessori Administrators Association – An affiliate organization of AMI to support administrators of Montessori schools.
AMI Elementary Alumni Association (EAA) – An affiliate organization of AMI that provides a supportive community for the exchange of ideas and promotes the principles of Montessori education
Oregon Montessori Association (OMA) – Grassroots organization committed to advancing Montessori throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) – an autonomous, international, non-profit postsecondary accrediting agency for Montessori teacher education programs and institutions.
The Montessori materials are designed to be precise, well-constructed and durable. The following websites feature Montessori materials for all levels of Montessori education:
Nienhuis Montessori – Montessori material manufacturer, in operation since 1929.
Juliana Group – Savannah, GA-based distributor of Gonzagareddi materials, crafted in Italy since 1911.
Matsumoto Kagaku – Japan-based manufacturer of Montessori materials