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Montessori vs Traditional Education

The differences between Montessori and Mainstream Education

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Montessori Education

Mainstream Education

Based on helping the natural development of the human being

Based on the transfer of a national curriculum

Children learn at their own pace and follow their own individual interest

Children learn from a set curriculum according to a timeframe that is the same for everyone

Children teach themselves using materials specifically prepared for that purpose

Children are taught by the teacher

Child is an active participant in learning

Child is a passive participant in learning

Understanding comes through the child’s own experiences via the materials and the promotion of children’s ability to find things out for themselves

Learning is based on subjects and is limited to what is given.

Learning is based on the fact that physical exploration and cognition are linked

Children sit at desks and learn from a whiteboard and worksheets

Child can work where he/she is comfortable, moves around and talks at will while not disturbing others

Child is usually assigned own chair and encouraged to sit still and listen during group sessions

The teacher works in collaboration with the children

The class is teacher led

The child’s individual development brings its own reward and therefore motivation

Motivation is achieved by a system of reward and punishment

Environment and method encourage internal self-discipline

Teacher acts as primary enforcer of external discipline

Child works as long as he/she wishes on chosen project

Child generally given specific time limit for work

Uninterrupted work cycles

Block time, period lessons

Mixed age groups

Same age groups

Working and learning matched to the social development of the child

Working and learning without emphasis on the social development of the child

Shared emphasis on intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development

Main emphasis on intellectual development

Shared focus on the acquisition of academic, social, practical and life skills

Main focus on academics