Rochester, NY (PRWEB) January 27, 2005
Association Montessori International/USA (AMI/USA) announces the release of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, by University of Virginia researcher Angeline Stoll Lillard. The book, due to arrive in bookstores February 1, is a scientific exploration of how the Montessori model best prepares the whole child for life success. Lillard has engaged in thorough research to determine where science and the Montessori Method meet. LillardÂs book explains the modern day science behind this education technique developed nearly a century ago and discusses what happens in the carefully prepared environment as well as why it works. Parents, educators, Montessorians and others will be enriched with the valuable information this author imparts to the world of education.
The book release is a timely follow-up to recent unsolicited media comments about the success of the Montessori method. Technology gurus Jeffrey Bezos (founder of Amazon.com), Larry Page and Sergey Brin (co-founders of Google) have given credit to their Montessori early childhood educations in recent television interviews and magazine articles. The link between anecdotal successes and scientific evidence is a stunning achievement nearly 100 years in the making.
The international Montessori movement began in 1907 in Italy and spread informally throughout Europe until 1929 when Dr. Montessori founded Association Montessori Internationale to preserve the integrity of her lifeÂs work. Currently there are 1,377 Montessori private schools and over 250 Montessori public schools throughout the United States alone. The number of U.S. Montessori schools has doubled in the past ten years.
The core principles of Montessori education revolve around the full development of the human child. Montessori classrooms are structured for a three-year age group and allow the child to explore and learn freely in a specially prepared environment. MontessoriÂs Âeducation for lifeÂ is an international educational and social reform movement with a distinguished past and a dynamic, relevant future.
Angeline Stoll Lillard, Ph.D.: Lillard holds a doctorate in Psychology from Stanford University and a B.A. in English literature from Smith College. She is recognized worldwide for her research in child development and is the recipient of two prestigious American Psychological Association awards, including the Outstanding Dissertation Award and the Boyd McCandless Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution. Lillard has also delivered keynote addresses to developmental psychology organizations in Britain, Japan, and Italy.
AMI/USA Communications Director