Students Outcome – Why choose a high-quality Montessori education?
Many studies have reported very successful outcomes for students attending Montessori programs.
One study, for example, reported higher academic achievement in math and science tests for Montessori graduates.[i]
Another study of 5-year-olds attending a Montessori program demonstrated significantly higher achievement in language and maths skills and most notable in children’s reasoning, fairness, and social problem-solving.[ii]
Montessori program’s emphasis on culture studies and conflict resolutions, such as the use of a peace table for children to independently resolve social conflicts together, have been applauded as innovative contributions to positive social change and education for democracy.[iii]
Additionally, a study of more than 300 Montessori students demonstrated higher affective/emotional satisfaction than students in more traditional educative programs. Montessori students reported feeling more comfortable, supported and successful than their traditional school counterparts.
Among these important findings, were increased student reports of intrinsic motivation in Montessori programs. Students in Montessori programs reported feeling more internally driven and personally satisfied with their school work and school experiences.[iv]
[i] Dohrmann, K., Nishida, T., Gartner, A., Lipsky, D. & Grimm, K. High school outcomes for students in a public Montessori program. J. Res. Child. Educ. 22, 205–217 (2007).
[ii] Lillard, A., & Else-Quest, N. (2006). Evaluating Montessori education. Science, 313(5795), 1893–1894.
[iii] Williams, Nancy & Keith, Rebecca. (2000). Democracy and Montessori Education. Peace Review. 12. 217-222..
[iv] Rathunde, K. & Csikszetnmihalyi, M. Middle school students’ motivation and quality of experience: A comparison of Montessori and traditional school environments. Am. J. Educ. 111, 341–371 (2005).