By Inés Urdaneta, Physicist and Research Scientist at RSF
A recent study published in Nature, comparing traditional education to Montessori, has quantified statistically their impact on creativity and deep learning. This study examines for the first time, whether educational differences shape knowledge representation and its corresponding creative abilities.
“Education is central to the acquisition of knowledge, such as when children learn new concepts. It is unknown, however, whether educational differences impact not only what concepts children learn, but how those concepts come to be represented in semantic memory—a system that supports higher cognitive functions, such as creative thinking” .
As explained in the study, early experience determines cognitive and emotional outcomes, because in this period of high brain plasticity, children acquire knowledge efficiently through mechanisms that are significantly determined by interactions with the...