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Rathunde, K. (2003) – A comparison of Montessori and traditional middle schools: Motivation, quality of experience, and social context

Research Description

  • With the help of co-investigator Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Dr. Rathunde compared the experiences and perceptions of middle school students in Montessori and traditional schools using the Experience Sampling Method (ESM).
  • Montessori students reported a significantly better quality of experience in their academic work than did traditional students.
  • In addition, Montessori students perceived their schools as a more positive community for learning, with more opportunities for active, rather than passive, learning.

The NAMTA Journal 28:3 (Summer, 2003), pages 12-52

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