ME Board member Beata Bednarczuk was present at the AMI congress in Prague. In the form of a poster presentation she gave an overview of the results of her study concerning. The poster session offered the opportunity to communicate scientific findings in an informal manner. 21 Researchers, mainly from the USA but also from Canada, Australia, Japan, Italy, Romania and Poland, took part. Beata Bednarczuk presented a small part of her research, discussing the problem: What are, in temporal terms, affective meanings of school experiences of graduates of Montessori classes? The results suggest that the Montessori educational model is based on the formation of a level of self-reflection. It is possible for a child to adjust his/her own interests, goals and principles to the principles of other people. Only in contact with others can one really be aware of what it means to be a person.
Examples of other research questions that were raised during the panel session:
- What perspective on leadership emerges from the principles and practices advocated by Maria Montessori? (K Bennet, Australia);
- What is the frequency and structure of repetitive sequences during pre-school children free play? (A. Jones, P. Henzi, L. Barrett, Canada);
- How consistent are teachers’ reported practices with those deemed critical/deemed detrimental by Montessori experts to high fidelity implementation? (A. Murray, C. Daoust, USA);
- What is Maria Montessori’s contribution to understanding human conditions and promotion of social reconstruction from the peace perspective? (E. Negreanu, Romania)
After the poster session a wider presentation of results as well as an exchange of information was possible during the Research Panel Discussion, which – like the poster session – was planned and organized by the American Montessori Society – the Cooperating Organization of the Congress.