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Come educare il potenziale umano

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Paperback, Elefanti, 181 pages
Published 2007 by Garzanti (first published 1947)
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Kim Harrison
This book can be roughly broken into three sections. Chapters 1-4 deal with the psychology of the child from 7-12, focusing on the development of morality, the difference between productive use of the imagination and fanciful use, and also the role of the subconscious in learning. Chapters 5-18 outline how to present the universe to children in the form of lessons that "strike the imagination." The last chapters return to psychology and include Montessori's cell specialization analogy, comparing ...more
Ily
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Come educare il potenziale umano" è frutto di una serie di conferenze in India alle quali la scienziata e il figlio Mario hanno partecipato nel 1943. Dalla sua lettura emerge l'importanza di stimolare l'immaginazione dei bambini partendo dal racconto entusiasmante della Terra, le sue fatiche nel trasformarsi di era in era, per prepararsi alla comparsa degli Homo e ai grandi geni che hanno poi contribuito a rendere questo posto migliore. Infatti è solo comprendendo, e quindi rispettando la ...more
Erik Akre
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: educators, teachers of the cosmos, Montessori buffs
Shelves: montessori, education
A classic, probably my favorite Montessori book for its more sweeping and cosmic viewpoint. Also a book that touches on Montessori method for adolescents, with implications beyond. She addresses human development in its entirety, and the development of the human race. Moreover, this book takes a larger look at life and the cosmos, and applies it to education. As a later work of Maria Montessori, its perspective is broad and encompassing, not limited to details of specific age groups or learning ...more
Janice
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Very good reminder that you have to spark the child's interest. Intended to help interpret the method for the 6-12 year old. Last bit of the book is a reminder of how old some of this is and how there have been new findings in science and archeology.

Maria Montessori was ahead of her time.
Y Liang
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good insight into her thinking about the world and how she extends her educational philosophy to the elementary level. Her conclusions about the sacrifice of productive individuals are geared toward the personal sacrifices that they made; however, the sacrifice was not that they gave up short-sighted pleasures but that they were forced, by other men, to sacrifice their freedom to work.
Amy
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Even though I do not work with elementary kids, I think that this book is one helpful for all ages. It explains that during the elementary years, kids can expand so much culturally and really become involved and aware with worldly matters...with great inspiration from the teacher's enthusiasm and their own action. I can learn a lot from this book, too!
Asmaa
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
كلامها عن تحرير إرادة الطفل وقوته الداخلية وتحبيبه للعلم .. إلخ جيد جدا
لكن لم يعجبني كلامها عن الحضارات والتاريخ - وذلك لاختلاف المذاهب الدينية والفلسفية - وإن كنت أرى أن هدفها نبيل حول إيجاد أرضية مشتركة لبنوا البشر عامة والأطفال خصوصا
Margaret Cortona
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good introduction to the principles of cosmic education and to the psychology of the elementary-aged child – as others have noted, aspects of her psychological theories are dated, but as a whole there is much of value in this little book.
Dian
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
This is Montessori thoughts about curriculum for children. Children has imaginative power but Montessori wanted to tie it with reality, such as cosmic plan (started with universe, evolution) and not fairy tales.
Mary-Jane
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A short book that runs through parts of the elementary curriculum by recounting world history. Informative.
Emily Fjare
Jun 04, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant, condensed view of Maria Montessori's Educational Philosophy.
Tysseer Harak
مش أفضل كتب مونتسوري ولا أفضل تأملاتها ولا أفضل ترجمة تقراها :(
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Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, philosopher, humanitarian and devout Catholic; she is best known for her philosophy and the Montessori method of education of children from birth to adolescence. Her educational method is in use today in a number of public as well as private schools throughout the world.