Maria Montessori, an innovative Italian medical doctor, defines the education method to which she has given her name as education through which children learn in a natural environment. In the Montessori education approach, children choose their working area based on their own preferences and make innovations with their hands. In Montessori education, since children are given freedom to learn, within certain limits, they develop their potential at their own learning speed.
With the increased interest in child development in recent years, the demand for Montessori education in Turkey has also increased. This education method, through which children are supported in all developmental areas, has attracted the attention of both educators and parents. This is the first of the Montessori Education series of books planned to be published by Cappadocia University. Our book serves as a guide for students, teachers and parents who are interested in the Montessori education method in Turkey.
Ebru Uysal completed her undergraduate studies in the Department of Home Economics of Ankara University. She completed her master’s degree in the Department of Child Development of Ankara University with her thesis entitled “Research into the Areas of Multiple Intelligence in Children Attending Various Preschool Education Institutions”. She received a Pedagogical Formation Certificate from Hacettepe University. She worked as a child development specialist in the Foundation for the Education and Protection of Children with Intellectual Disabilities, in Gölbaşı, Ankara. Thereafter, she continued her profession as a child development specialist in the Çağlayan Special Education Institution in Istanbul, and was appointed director of the institution after the opening of the İlk Destek Special Education and Rehabilitation Center – the second branch of the same school. In the following years she worked as a preschool teacher in the United States, and first learned about Montessori Education while working at University Montessori School, and undertook Montessori teacher training at the Montessori Schools of Irvine, from where she received an internationally recognized certificate. She has worked as a preschool teacher in various colleges in Turkey, and is currently employed as a lecturer in the Department of Child Development of Cappadocia University, and as the education coordinator of Montessori Kindergarten Schools in the same university.
She has training certificates on Sensory Integration, Drama, the Orff Approach, Dyslexia, Alternative Schools Trip, Sex Education for Disabled People, Language and Speech Education for Individuals with Special Needs, Values and Behavioural Change and the Nine Types of Temperament Model.
The author’s article entitled “Research into the Areas of Multiple Intelligences in 6-year-old Children Attending Different Kinds of Preschool Education Institutions in Turkey” was published in the International Journal of Educational Reform (IJER).
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