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Chisnall, N. & Maher, M. (2007) – Montessori Mathematics in Early Childhood Education

Research Description

The research project examined mathematical concept development in children prior to school entry and indicated Montessori may have a positive impact on children’s numeracy knowledge.

  • Montessori students showed significantly higher achievement regarding backward number word sequence (a precursor to subtraction); early addition and subtraction; and place value concepts.
  • Indications are that the Montessori system may be offering more opportunities for children to develop higher order skills and concepts in early childhood.
  • Also indication that Montessori can favourably impact students in low socio economic status areas.

Curriculum Matters 3, 6-28.

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