Maria Montessori is indisputably a major thinker in education. Marion O'Donnell's volume offers the most coherent account of Montessori's educational thought. This work is divided into: intellectual biography, critical exposition of Montessori's work, and, the reception and influence of Montessori's work and the relevance of the work today.This is a major international reference series providing comprehensive accounts of the work of seminal educational thinkers from a variety of periods, disciplines and traditions. It is the most ambitious and prestigious such project ever published - a definitive resource for at least a generation. The thinkers include: Aquinas, Aristotle, Bourdieu, Bruner, Dewey, Foucault, Freire, Holt, Kant, Locke, Montessori, Neill, Newman, Owen, Peters, Piaget, Plato, Rousseau, Steiner, Vygotsky, West and Wollstonecraft.
Dr Marion O'Donnell has been involved in the Montessori movement in Queensland for the past thirty years, filling the roles of Queensland Co-ordinator of MWEI (Aust.) Inc., Secretary of the Queensland Montessori Association (which accorded her a Life Membership), and acting year-by-year as Examiner, Tutor and Workshop Presenter for MWEI. Her professional worklife has been in teaching after training at Jordanhill Scotland, with extended periods in Scotland, NSW, Ontario and Queensland. During the 1980s and 1990s, she worked as lecturer/tutor at the Queensland University of Technology and as Researcher/Tutor at the University of Queensland. Her Montessori credentials include a Nursery School Diploma (St. Nicholas, London); the Mont. Dip. Preschool/Primary (MWEI, California); the Dip.of Mont. Educ. (MWEI Aust.)