Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Jenny Watson

Degree Award Date

Fall 2011


Montessori, Public School, Teaching Methods, Elementary school, methodology, testing, environment, discipline, transitioning


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration | Elementary Education


The purpose of this research is to investigate the methods and techniques of two completely different educational worlds; Montessori and public education. This research will look into the different factors that contribute to both Montessori and public education, such as methodology, testing, environment, discipline, and transitioning between schools. The philosophy of the Montessori Method will be revealed through an analysis of the books, The Montessori Method and The Science Behind the Genius. The different factors of public education are addressed through teacher education books such as Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers. The researcher interviewed eleven individuals who are a group of Montessori and public school parents, administrators, and educators. The interviews showed that ten out of the eleven participants believe that Montessori education is an excellent environment for a child's development and learning. Additionally, all participants would recommend Montessori school to other parents. In conclusion, both research and the opinions of the individuals interviewed showed that Montessori education is a prime environment for children to learn and develop.