BOOK REVIEW The Bloomsbury Handbook of Montessori Education


  • Claudine Campanelli NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at City University of New York



Montessori research, Maria Montessori, Montessori education, Montessori pedagogy, global Montessori


The Bloomsbury Handbook of Montessori Education is the first comprehensive collection of scholarly work that spans the spectrum of Montessori education, including historical, political, geographic, pedagogical, scientific, and cultural perspectives. It offers different entry points for those interested in various aspects of Montessori education—advocates, researchers, academics, parents, and teacher educators—to expand their current knowledge about the Montessori pedagogy and movement. The handbook approaches known ideas with an interdisciplinary lens. Maria Montessori’s critical writings and radical approaches cemented her legacy. Now, nearly 115 years after her first publication, essential dialogues and critical reflections are emerging about complex social issues in the context of Montessori education. These dialogues recognize the strengths and limitations of the Method as well as the harmful and disrespectful ways Montessori education has entered different communities, countries, and Indigenous lands.

Author Biography

Claudine Campanelli, NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at City University of New York

Claudine Campanelli is the senior director of Career Development and Higher Education at the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at the City University of New York and associate professor at City University New York School of Professional Studies. She is Association Montessori Internationale 0–3 trained and has practiced and researched Montessori education for more than 20 years.


Babini, V. (2000, March). Science, feminism, and education: The early work of Maria Montessori. History Workshop Journal, 49(1), 44–67.

Campanelli, C. J. (2021). Birth to three language acquisition: Influences of ambient language in the Montessori setting [Doctoral dissertation, Long Island University, CW Post Center].

Gutek, G. L., & Gutek, P. A. (2016). Bringing Montessori to America: SS McClure, Maria Montessori, and the campaign to publicize Montessori education. University of Alabama Press.

Kramer, R. (2017). Maria Montessori: A biography. Diversion Books.

Montessori, M. (1912). The Montessori Method: Scientific pedagogy as applied to child education in “The Children’s Houses,” with additions and revisions by the author (A. E. George, Trans.). Frederick A. Stokes. (Original work published 1909)

Montessori, M. (2004). Discovery of the child (M. A. Johnstone, Trans). Aakar. (Original work published 1950)

Moretti, E. (2021). The best weapon for peace: Maria Montessori, education, and children’s rights. University of Wisconsin Press.

Povell, P. (2009). Montessori comes to America: The leadership of Maria Montessori and Nancy McCormick Rambusch. University Press of America.




How to Cite

Campanelli, C. (2023). BOOK REVIEW The Bloomsbury Handbook of Montessori Education. Journal of Montessori Research, 9(1).