NATURE via Nurture
Scientific Foundations of the Montessori Pedagogy
A Multidisciplinary Lecture Series
The story behind
'Nature via Nurture'
Each human being is a unique individual, with a unique DNA blueprint.
While this fact is currently supported by a variety of genetic technologies, Maria Montessori has long recognised the active role of each individual child in guiding their curiosity, at a time when very little technology was available.
This lecture series aims to connect key principles of the Montessori pedagogy with an updated view of its scientific foundations.
Who is it for?
We invite you to join us in a collective journey of reflection that aims to inspire parents, educators,
school administrators and any other professionals interested in child development
to discover the scientific basis of the pedagogy that places the child
at the centre of their own learning process: Education as an aid to life.
what's unique about us?
The lecture series is a rare blend of multidisciplinary perspectives, bringing together a unique combination of expertise and drawing upon the speakers' professional experience in their own fields.
This online lecture series explores many intersections between contemporary science and the Montessori pedagogy.
The main goal is to highlight how present-day scientific knowledge continues to support Montessori's century-old observations and insightful discoveries.
thinkers, dreamers, creators
Current research shows that Montessori education can benefit children from all backgrounds. But what are the biological foundations and neuro-developmental mechanisms inherent to human nature that explain Montessori’s success?
How does the Montessori method balance nature and nurture to bring out the humanity within ourselves?
- To build an integrative view of fundamental Montessori principles and their roots in human development and cognition, drawing from complementary and multidisciplinary perspectives
- To understand the developmental and biological needs of the human being across several planes of development
- To understand the inseparable nature of genetic and environmental components to a holistic, balanced human development
- To explore the pedagogy as a unique toolkit for innovation, critical thinking and problem solving -- possibly our only hope to identify new solutions for the global challenges that await us in the coming decades
This multidisciplinary lecture series highlights the critical role of a prepared and fostering environment to nurture the great natural potential of each human being, and aid each child to an independent, productive and fulfilling life.
who are we?
"And so we discovered, that education is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment."
"A great social mission that will ensure the child justice, harmony and love remains to be accomplished. This great task must be the work of education for this is the only way to build a new world and bring peace."
The series is structured into four lectures, currently delivered online.
During the first three sessions, each speaker shares their own perspective and expertise with participants, focusing on current scientific knowledge and how it supports the Montessory pedagogy.
The fourth and final session brings all speakers together to discuss the role of this scientific pedagogy in nurturing the next generation of children. We invite all participants to take part in a dialogue, taking the format of a dynamic and engaging forum discussion. We hope that our collective reflections will lead to an inspiring discussion that can guide us into a brighter future for education, humanity and our planet.