montessori integrative learning

Core Resources


(Please note that we have identified some of the sources for the books. We are not recommending these as the only outlets. Some titles have imbedded links that you can click for ordering. You may find some that are less expensive and have a faster delivery service.)

On Curating Resources

These resources have been carefully chosen to not only set the context for integrative learning, but also provide paradigm-shifting wisdom for conceptualizing the future of humanity and the role of education.

They are sequenced during the course of study to provide a holonic inquiry, growing in amplitude and building on threaded learning experiences.

Berry, T. (1999). The great work: Our way into the future. Bell Tower. NY

Bohm, D. (1996). On dialogue. New York: Routledge [Needed during first two months of the program.]Briggs, J., & Peat, F. D. (1999).

Seven life lessons of chaos: Spiritual wisdom from the science of change. Harper Collins. [Needed during first two months of the program.]

Buzan, T. (2018). Mind map mastery: The complete guide to learning and using the most powerful thinking tool in the universe. Watkins.

iMindMap. (2015, January 26). How to mind map with Tony Buzan [Video file]. Retrieved from

Capra, F., & Luisi, P. L. (2014). The systems view of life: A unifying vision. Cambridge University Press. [Resource Text Book]de Grasse Tyson, N., & Ferguson, J. (2007). The cosmic perspective. Natural History, 116(3), 22.

Fouts, R. (1997) Next of kin: What chimpanzees have taught me about who we are. William Morrow and Company. [Needed during first three months of the program.]

Gang, P., (2015). Cosmos, Gaia and Eros: Integrative learning, creativity and the primal paradox. Retrieved from

Gang, P. S. (1989). Rethinking education: A new look at educational philosophy in the context of cultural change, applying that philosophy to secondary education. Dagaz Press. [Free download from our Virtual Campus Library]

Gang, P. (2017) To Educate Eco-Sapiens. [Online movie] Retrieved here.

Gang, P. (1982) Cause, Final Cause and Montessori Thought. NAMTA 82-Cause-Final-Cause.pdf

Gang, P., & Morgan, M. (1988) Our planet, our home, Dagaz Press. Rev. 2004. Purchase here.

Gang, P., & Morgan, M. (2003). An introduction to Montessori radical education. montessori_radical [Needed during first two months of the program.] (Available on our eCampus)

(See syllabus for additional Gang reading.)

Grazzini, Camillo. The Four Planes of Development. The NAMTA Journal, Vol 21. No 2, Spring 1996

Hahn, T.H. (1990) (Peace Is Every Step.) (Free pdf)

Krishnamurti, J. (1953) Education and the significance of life. Harper & Row. [this web link as well]Montessori, M. Education for a New World*

Montessori, M. Education and Peace (Chapters 5 and 7)*

Montessori, M. (2015). To educate the human potential. 1948. Ravenio Books

Montessori, M. (1989). The formation of man. 1955. Trans. AM Joosten. Oxford, England: Clio.

Montessori, M. The Four Planes of Education (Available Here)

Montessori, M. (2014). Spontaneous activity in education (Vol. 1). 1918. Montessori Helper. – also known as “The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol 1”

Montessori, Maria. Spontaneous Activity in Education* – also known as “The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol 1” (Not for Emphasis Area Concentration)

Montessori, Mario, Jr. Education for Human Development*

Montessori, Mario. Human Tendencies in Montessori Education*
*Montessori books available from NAMTA

Morgan, M. (1999) An ecogenesis for education. Unpublished thesis. (PDF file linked to the syllabus.).

Perrin, R., (2017) Pocket guide to APA style (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth.

Purdue “OWL” Online Writing Lab for APA Referencing for all integrative papers, the research paper and culminating project

Rogin, N., & Dellinger, D. (2006). The awakening universe. DVD. San Francisco: The Pachamama Alliance. [Needed during first two months of the program.]

Solomon, P. T., (Director). (2011). Finding Joe. [Motion picture]. [A film that explores the studies of mythologist Joseph Campbell]. United States: Balcony Releasing.

Stone, M.K. & Barlow, Z (Eds.). (2012) Ecological Literacy: Educating our Children for a Sustainable World. Sierra Club Books. [For students working with children from birth to twelve.]

Swimme, B.T. & Tucker, M.E. (2011) Journey of the Universe. Yale University Press. (We recommend the video as well.) 

Swimme, B.T. & Tucker, M.E. (2011) Journey of the Universe. Yale University Press.  (We recommend the video as well.)

Uhl, C. (2003). Developing ecological consciousness: Path to a sustainable world. Rowman & Littlefield. [For students working with adolescents or adults.]

Varela, F. (2005). Monte Grande. What is life. DVD Video (Amazon link)

Varela, F. (2000). Three gestures of becoming aware. CO Scharmer (Interviewer), dialogue on leadership. Retrieved here.

Wenzel, B. (2016) They All Saw A Cat, Charles Books, San Francisco.

Wheatley, M. (1992). Leadership and the new science. Berrett Koehler

Highly Recommended Web Sites:

Center for Ecoliteracy

Fritjof Capra

Center for the Story of the Universe

Highly Recommended, but not required:

Bridges, William. Transitions. Addison-Wesley. 1980

Bryson, Bill. A Short History of Nearly Everything. Broadway Books. NY 2003 ISBN 0-7679-0817-1

Cosmic Voyage, Narrated by Morgan Freeman. 1996 (Mostly for young people.)

Montessori, Maria. From Childhood to Adolescence*

Stewart, Iain. How to Grow a Planet BBC Documentary DVD

Shedlrake, Ruppert. Science Set Free. Random House. 2013

Recommended but not required:

Fullan, Michael. Change Forces: Probing the Depths of Educational Reform Bristol, PA: The Falmer Press

Gang, Philip et al. Conscious Education. IVL Press 1992 [email for availability]Gatto, John. The Underground History of American Education. Odysseus Group.

Hawken, Paul, Lovins,A. and Lovins H. Natural Capitalism. Little Brown & Co. 1999 ISBN 0-316-35300-0

Heider, John. Tao of Leadership. 1985 ISBN 0-553-25788

Laszlo, Ervin. System View of the World: A Holistic Vision for Our Time. Hampton Press. 1996

Liebes, S., Sahtouris, E. and Swimme, B. A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us. Foundation for Global Community. 1998

Metzner, Ralph. Green Psychology. Park Street. Rochester, Vermont 1999

Metzner, Ralph. The Unfolding Self. Origin Press. Navato, CA. 1998

Orr, David. Ecological Literacy. State University of New York, 1992

Orr, David. Earth In Mind. Island Press. 1994

Sahtouris, Elisabet. Earthdance: Living Systems in Evolution. Hardcopy and paperback. (ISBN: 0-595-13067-4) or free download here.

Skolimowski, Henryk. The Participatory Mind. Arkana _ Penguin. 1994

Standing, E.M., Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work

Standing, E.M., The Montessori Revolution in Education

Suziki, David, DVD: The Sacred Balance, Four part video produced by Canadian Public Television

Swimme, Brian and Berry, Thomas. The Universe Story. Harper. 1992 ISBN 0Ñ06-250826-1

Sylwester, Robert. A Biological Brain in a Cultural Classroom. Corwin Press. 2000. (

Van der Ryn, Som and Cowan, Stewart. Ecological Design. Island Press 1996. ISBN 1-55963-389-1

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