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The University of Kansas Center for Montessori Research (CMR) is committed to building a robust body of knowledge so that Montessori education and philosophy will benefit all children. CMR will accomplish this mission through a five-part strategy:



Collaborate with scholars throughout the Montessori community and the fields of education and psychology, with particular emphasis on fostering connections across disciplines and areas of expertise.


Conduct high-quality research related to Montessori education with a critical perspective on philosophy, practices, and outcomes. This research will inform educational practices, improve educational environments for all children, and explore opportunities for unique applications of Montessori principles.


Engage in rigorous evaluation of Montessori-related programs, providing an independent point of view that examines the effectiveness of a variety of programs across the life span, from classrooms to national initiatives.


Advance high-quality research in the field with resources developed within a major research university. In this capacity, the center will lead efforts to build the growing body of knowledge related to Montessori education.


Disseminate Montessori-related research information to a wide audience of educators, school leaders, policymakers, and scholars, with the goal of creating an informed Montessori community as well as a voice for Montessori education in the broader field of education.


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