Discipline from Within (Montessori)

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In Montessori education, Discipline from Within refers to self-discipline, the ability of a child to control their own actions and make positive decisions about their behavior.[1] The order and discipline observed in a well-functioning Montessori classroom is not the result of external controls, rewards, or punishments imposed by the teacher, but rather emerges from within each child. This internal discipline is directly tied to the development of the will.

Montessori Quotes

  • "Discipline must come through liberty... We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined."[2]
  • "The liberty of the child should have as its limit the collective interest."[3]

Research and Critiques

  • Pros: The approach of discipline from within fosters a child's intrinsic motivation, self-regulation, and decision-making skills. Research supports the benefits of this approach, with Montessori students often displaying high levels of self-control and responsibility.[4]
  • Cons: Critics argue that this approach may not effectively support children who struggle with self-regulation or those who need more explicit behavioral guidance.[5]

Comparisons to Other Methods

Many traditional education models rely on external forms of discipline, such as rewards and punishments, in contrast to the Montessori method's emphasis on fostering self-discipline.[6]

See Also

Glossary of Montessori Terms

The Glossary of Montessori Terms is a collection of specific terms and vocabulary that are related to the Montessori method of education, primarily focusing on the theory and practice for children aged 3 to 6. The jargon used by Montessori educators offers a unique insight into child development as discussed by Maria Montessori. The 'Montepedia Glossary of Montessori Terms' originated from a glossary that was compiled by the late Annette Haines from the Montessori Training Centre of St. Louis, at the request of Molly O'Shaughnessy from the Montessori Centre of Minnesota. The reason behind the creation of this glossary was to supplement O'Shaughnessy's lecture at the Joint Annual Refresher Course that took place in Tampa, Florida, in February 2001.[7] The glossary has since been expanded and updated with additional 'Montessori Terms'.

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  1. Montessori, M. (1949). The Absorbent Mind. Clio Press.
  2. Montessori, M. (1912). The Montessori Method. Frederick A. Stokes Company.
  3. Montessori, M. (1912). The Montessori Method. Frederick A. Stokes Company.
  4. Lillard, A. (2017). Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius. Oxford University Press.
  5. Egan, K. (2002). Getting it wrong from the beginning: Our progressivist inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. Yale University Press.
  6. Mooney, C. (2013). Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky. Redleaf Press.
  7. Haines, A. (2001). Glossary of Montessori Terms. Montessori Training Centre of St. Louis.