Examining Montessori Middle School through a Self-Determination Theory Lens: A Study of the Lived Experiences of Adolescents

Keywords: Montessori, Adolescent Education, Narrative Analysis

Abstract

This study examined the influence of enrollment on the development of self-determination in a Montessori middle school. Bounded by self-determination and student voice theory, this research was designed to give voice to students, add to the discourse on middle school reform, and provide the perspective of the student to the critique of middle level education.

Based on the analysis of narrative major themes indicated the importance of autonomy and relatedness. Students valued the ability to choose the order of their tasks and the tasks they could choose to demonstrate understanding as well as the ability to re-take tests. These changes require a paradigm shift to a student-centered learning environment.  

Author Biography

Luz Marie Casquejo Johnston, St. Mary's College
Luz Casquejo Johnston, Ed.D, has been involved in Montessori education in every facet. She has been a student, parent, lower elementary teacher, served on the board of Montessori charter school and now serves as a Visiting Professor in Montessori Education at Kalmanovitz School of Education at St. Mary's College in California.

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Published
2016-05-15