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Primary teacher on using didactic materials at Mathematics and Slovenian

Petra Prosen (2013) Primary teacher on using didactic materials at Mathematics and Slovenian. Diploma thesis.

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    Marie Montessori's pedagogy draws its principles from the natural development of the child. It is based on three equally important interrelated components: the prepared environment, the Montessori teacher, and the child. An essential part of the prepared environment are the Montessori materials, to which I have devoted the greater part of my thesis, and compared them with didactic materials used in the public elementary school. Independent interaction with materials enables the child to attain incredible levels of concentration, which helps the child to discover oneself and the surrounding world. In addition, it teaches the child to handle materials responsibly and respectfully, and consequently the child learns boundaries and rules. An important role in this process is played by the teacher who enables the interaction between the child and the material. Unlike the Montessori materials, didactic materials in the public elementary school do not play such an important role, rather they serve as a complement to the classroom. However, the elementary school teachers are becoming more aware of the value of didactic materials and often include them in the teaching process, because these materials play a large motivational role and have a positive impact on performance of the pupils, as has been evidenced by the research of the use of didactic materials. The empirical part of my thesis shows the findings of the analysis of answers provided by 80 elementary school teachers responding to a questionnaire. The main purpose for this survey was to research the use of didactic materials in teaching Mathematics and Slovenian, and to determine the familiarity of the teachers with the Montessori materials. The results have shown that most of the elementary school teachers know about the Montessori materials and approve of them. They are quite familiar with their characteristics. The key findings regarding the use of didactic materials in Mathematics and Slovenian suggest that the frequency of their use is not based on the number of years the teachers have worked in education, or the subject they teach. Most of the teachers often use didactic materials in the classroom while teaching Mathematics and Slovenian. This allows them to better illustrate new information and help some pupils who may have difficulties learning otherwise, which shows that they are aware of the importance of these materials in the learning process.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: didactic materials, Montessori materials, Montessori pedagogy, didactic materials in Slovenian and Mathematics
    Number of Pages: 87
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Irena LesarMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9850441)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1907
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2013 08:43
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 12:34
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1907

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