Sarah W. Stuckert


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process. Course: EDT 110



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This presentation explores the structure of Montessori schools where students guide their own learning. This method of teaching guided by Marie Montessori’s philosophy is believed to instill greater independence and executive functioning in students and is associated with higher standardized test scores and in class exam performance. The Montessori method is utilized for all grade levels, ranging from preschool to high school. For the preschool and elementary ages, it is believed to increase brain development. For middle school ages, it is believed to increase a drive for learning. Finally for high school ages, it is believed to increase self-esteem. With the structure of student-guided learning, these developments are likely to result. However, in-depth investigation of different studies determined that there is a discrepancy amongst the benefit outcomes.

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Course Project

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Vanessa G. Winn

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Teacher Education


Stander Symposium project, School of Education and Health Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education

Montessori School Structures: Benefits for Student Development and Learning