Achievement & Assessment Institute

Mission Statement & Strategy

The University of Kansas Center for Montessori Research is committed to a five-part strategy of building a robust body of knowledge so that Montessori education and philosophy will benefit all children:

  • Collaboration

Collaborate with scholars throughout the Montessori community and the fields of education and psychology, with particular emphasis on fostering connections across disciplines and areas of expertise.

  • Research

Conduct high-quality research related to Montessori education with a critical perspective on philosophy, practices, and outcomes. This research will inform educational practices, improve educational environments for all children, and explore opportunities for unique applications of Montessori principles.

  • Evaluation

Engage in rigorous evaluation of Montessori-related programs, providing an independent point of view that examines the effectiveness of a variety of programs across the life span, from classrooms to national initiatives.

  • Leadership

Advance high-quality research in the field with resources developed within a major research university. In this capacity, the center will lead efforts to build the growing body of knowledge related to Montessori education.

  • Dissemination

Disseminate Montessori-related research information to a wide audience of educators, school leaders, policymakers, and scholars, with the goal of creating an informed Montessori community as well as a voice for Montessori education in the broader field of education.


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