Maria montessori (1870-1952). women’s emancipation, pedagogy and extra verbal communication

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Maria Montessori is one of the most well-known women in Italian history. Although she was the first woman who graduated in medicine in Italy, she is mostly known as an educator. Her teaching method -the Montessori Method- is still used worldwide. Because she could not speak English during the imprisonment in India, there was a big obstacle for her communication with children. However, the need to adopt a non-verbal communication, led her to a sensational discovery: children use an innate and universal language. This language, made of gestures and mimic, is called “extra verbal communication”.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)658-662
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Medica de Chile
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 14 2015


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