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Maria Montessori graduated from the medical school of the University of Rome in 1896, and was the first woman to practice medicine in Italy. As a physician, Dr. Montessori was very involved with the care of young children.
Through scientific observation, Dr. Montessori came to see how children interacted with one another, learned through the use of materials she provided, and went through specific phases of development. Her approach to education was developed based on her observations, in collaboration with her background in psychology and her belief in the education of children as a means to create a better society.
Dr. Montessori continued to observe children around the world, and found that the universal laws of development she had recognized were inherent to children of all races and cultures. The Montessori approach to education continues to be respected and practiced internationally.
Her approach to education was established by research in biology, psychiatry and anthropology. She was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1949, 1950, and 1951. She studied children of different races and cultures around the world, and later discovered the universality of the laws of human development. She traveled extensively to give training courses on her method. During one of these trips, she became caught in the middle of the Second World War and ended up spending a summer in Kodaikanal, in rural India. It was there that she developed the hypothesis of the connection between nature and all living things.
She continued her observations throughout her life, widening and deepening her understanding and sharing all her knowledge with the world until her death in 1952. Her intense scientific observation of the human beings from birth to maturity allowed her to form a body of philosophical, psychological and pedagogical principles. These, together with a vast range of auto-didactic materials, came to be known as The Montessori Method of Education.
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