The Study of Childhood
AMI has a unique role as custodian of the history of the Montessori movement, maintaining the integrity of Maria Montessori’s legacy. In this role AMI is responsible for articulating Montessori philosophy and practice clearly in order to meet the needs of children and influence educational paradigms in a rapidly changing world.
The AMI Head Office is situated at Koninginneweg 161, 1075 CN Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Maria Montessori’s last residence. To this day, her study is preserved as a museum to her memory and each year it attracts visitors from all corners of the world.
Maria Montessori House
AMI has purchased the adjoining property to its Amsterdam Head Office, the purpose being to establish the Maria Montessori House incorporating a Museum, Open Archive and Research Centre. The hundred-year-old house will be stripped from top to bottom and converted into a welcoming, interactive space and centre for the pursuit of academic scholarship and research into Montessori education.
AMI’s pedagogical integrity maintains the level of excellence that Maria Montessori envisaged in the application Montessori pedagogy in practice. AMI pedagogical standards ensure that AMI recognised schools offer programmes that allow children to develop their physical, intellectual, social and emotional potential and ensure that the approach is consistent with the content presented in AMI training courses worldwide. The Scientific Pedagogy Group continues the study, research and reflection of Montessori’s work and reviews current insights in child development and education, ensuring that AMI training courses meet the highest possible standards of implementation. The SPG also gathers information regarding children and Montessori practice from all corners of the world to enable consistency and universality of implementation.
AMI Global Research Committee
Two of the questions AMI has considered in recent years: ‘How can we reach scientists, researchers and universities throughout the world to establish Montessori scientific pedagogy as an integral part of education departments?’ ‘How can we be more influential in the field of education?’. In part these questions have been answered by the establishment of the AMI Global Research Committee, which is the group responsible for collecting and disseminating the most current scientific literature on child development and educational approaches.
Besides her published works and specific guidelines for the creation of Montessori educational material, Maria Montessori left behind a vast body of unpublished material. An archive of her writings is being created, digitised, catalogued, and translated so that it can be made available to scholars and researchers.
Conferences and Seminars
AMI convenes International Congresses, Study conferences and Assemblies to promote the exchange of ideas, perspectives and practices between and amongst all those interested in human development, Montessori education and universal concepts such as education for peace and social change. AMI participates in and gives presentations to leading educational, neuro-scientific and humanitarian conferences and seminars around the world. AMI provides seminars and refresher courses or the Training of AMI Trainers and the continuing professional development of AMI qualified teacher trainers and AMI qualified teachers.