Stories from Montessori schools and MERGe Handouts

There are new subpages to the MERGe page:

On Stories from Montessori schools you can find reports from research conducted by teachers, students and academic researchers. Reports on all kinds of research focused on Montessori education are welcome, such as: small scale research projects, results of observations, case studies, action researches, scientific projects. Please, contribute to this activity: research instruments, teachers projects (master or bachelor thesis) and reports of big scale research projects.

MERGe ME Congress handoutsthese are research-related documents and presentations, which were offered by speakers, workshop and break-out sessions leaders.

For more information read the document How it works.

Research Group: Improving the Montessori practice through inquiry

The deep understanding of Montessori Education must come from research and studies developed in the context of the contemporary world. To reach this aim, Montessori Europe has initiated the Research Working Group, MERGe. The main task of this group is to search for issues that fit in with the interests of the members of the group and to define actions around shared activities.

The Research Working Group will start by setting up (a) how to establish and proceed with projects and (b) how to communicate and organize meetings of members involved. So setting up the operations of the working group will be “discussed in action”. But the most important thing is that ideas arise “at the source” of Montessori education.

Update November 2018
MERGe at the ME Congress in Sofia
This is a summary of the MERGe activities during the ME Congress.
The full report can be found here.

Before the congress started core members of MERGe organized a meeting on Friday morning, to talk about the organization of our activities during the conference.  Also we discussed the need for writing a practical-oriented manual for Montessori teachers on Action research in the Montessori classroom.
Our first activity during the ME congress was a symposium consisting of two parts. Firstly, Montessori teachers from different European countries shortly presented their research findings and ideas followed by a dynamic and lively discussion. The second part involved a short presentation of a forthcoming study conducted by Montessori researchers. The symposium was attended by twelve attendees from New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland and the Netherlands. At the beginning MERGe aims were presented to underline the essence of MERGe.

For a summary oif the presentations: read the complete report here

The second part of the meeting was devoted to the idea of engaging in a collaborative research on executive functioning in Montessori education. Thus, teachers’ partnership with scientists was established.  Patrick Sins and Jaap de Brouwer presented in a very clear and interactive manner the plan of conducting research that addresses the question: Does Montessori Education enhance Executive Functions? Patrick and Jaap asked whether attendees where interested in participating and contributing to this study. Each MERGe participant declared to be willing to take part in the initiative.
At the end of the meeting, MERGe participants valued the idea of posting research reports written by Montessori teachers on ME website: “Stories from Montessori schools”. These will be put under the, MERGe link. The participants of the meeting in addition stated that it would be worth taking into account that in the program of subsequent congresses of Montessori Europe workshops are organized to improve  teachers’ research skills

“Think big, start small”
On Saturday evening, MERGe organised a panel discussion under the title: Research behind Montessori best practices – how can ME support teachers in conducting research for their professional development? Ginni Sackett (AMI Director of Pedagogy, trainer, lecturer, consultant), Tania Hurter  (Assistant to Infancy at La Maison des Enfants), Dorota Zdybel – (Akademia Ignatianum in Kraków – MERGe member) Jarosław Jendza – (University of Gdansk – MERGe member), Jaap de Brouwer (Saxion University of Applied Sciences -MERGe member) were the panelists. Patrick Sins (Saxion university of Applied Science – MERGe member) moderated the discussion between the panelists. During the discussion the audience could digitally react on some of the questions posed by Patrick. Their reactions were projected on a screen so panelists could reflect on the responses of the audience during their discussion.

For a summary oif the panel discussion:  read the complete report here

Beata Bednarczuk and Patrick Sins