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Maria Montessori was the first woman to practise medicine in Italy, having graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Rome in 1896. As a physician, Dr. Montessori was in touch with young children and became profoundly interested in their development. Through careful and exhaustive scrutiny, she realised that children construct their own personalities as they interact with their environment. She also observed the manner in which they learned as they spontaneously chose and worked with the auto didactic materials she provided.

Her approach to education stemmed from a solid grounding in biology, psychiatry and anthropology . She studied children of all races and cultures in many countries around the world, soon seeing the universality of the laws of human development played out before her.Dr.Maria Montessori was also a devoted humanitarian; she was three-times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy efforts toward a more peaceful humanity. She continued her observations throughout her life, widening and deepening her understanding until her death in 1952. - AMI

“My method is scientific, both in its substance and in its aim” - Maria Montessori

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