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Teacher-Centered Vs. Student-Centered Learning. Roxana Williams Ced550 December 13 th , 2010 Kelly Ennis. Difference Between Teacher-Centered and Student-Centered Learning. There is much debate between teacher-centered and student-centered learning in the education environment. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Teacher-Centered Vs. Student-Centered LearningRoxana WilliamsCed550December 13th, 2010Kelly Ennis

  • Difference Between Teacher-Centered and Student-Centered LearningThere is much debate between teacher-centered and student-centered learning in the education environment. If education and true learning ever had an authentic purpose, the student was always a central figure involved in the classroom, and his or her cooperation was crucial-without student presence and engagement, there is no school (Sion, 1999, para. 1).

  • Teacher-Centered LearningThe premise one size fits all, which is attributed to a teacher-centered instructional approach, is not working for a growing number of diverse, student populations (Brown & Laboard, 2003,para.1).

    Teacher directs the classroom.Doesnt meet diverse needs of students.Teaching styles conflict with students learning styles.

  • Quiet classroom.Memorization of information.Limited learning.Teacher generates ideas (Henriksen, 2010).Students are passively involved in the learning process.Computers are not used as tools.

  • Student-Centered LearningLearner-centered classrooms place students at the center of classroom organization and respect their learning needs, strategies and styles (Brown, Laboard, 2003, para. 2).

    Teacher is a facilitator.Meets diverse needs of studentsStudents work individually, in pairs or in small groups.

  • Learning is meaningful.Involves extensive planning and task-specific classroom management.Students experience success. Students generate ideas (Henriksen, 2010).Students are actively involved in the learning process.Technology is integrated into the classroom.

  • Developing a Student-Centered Learning Environment that uses Technology to Enhance Student Learning.A student-centered classroom is an environment where previously reluctant learners transition into engaged learners, taking on the role of helping shape their own curriculum (Henriksen, 2010, p. 46).

  • Before a student-centered learning environment is designed, a teacher should take in consideration the students needs, abilities, and interests, so that they can be grouped in heterogeneous groups.Providing a number of computers, computer applications and software, as well as digital cameras and videos enhance student learning. Develop a vocabulary list with technical terminology and other possible words that they might encounter along the project.

  • Assuming that the teacher is knowledgeable with computer technology, students should be taught at least basic computer skills before they start a project. Grouping students in groups will allow them to collaborate with each other.Schedules for computer use should be prepared to ensure equal access.Provide web sites, links and bookmarks for students research.Create templates for graphs, so that students can enter data easily.

  • References

    Brown, Laboard, K. (2003). From teacher-centered to learner-centered curriculum: Improving learning in diverse classrooms.Retrieved from https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/classroom/ic/library.aspx.Henriksen, A. B. (2010). Student ownership: Learning in a student-centered art room.Retrieved from https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/classroom/ic/library.aspx.Sion, R. (1999). A student-centered vs. teacher-centered approach in the secondary classroom.Retrieved from https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/classroom/ic/library.aspx.

    Hello. My name is Roxana Williams. I am going to be discussing about the difference between teacher-centered vs. student-centered learning.With technology being used in the classroom a new approach of teaching started to emerge, as well as, which teaching method to use.Here are some characteristics of teacher-centered learning. Notice that this type of teaching style is what most of us have seen in traditional classrooms. Some of the reasons why technology is not being integrated in the elementary classroom are the lack of computers, the lack of teacher training, the district school curriculum (which doesnt leave much time to implement anything else) and the fact that teachers are held accountable for their students progress which is reflected on the standardized test scores. Because students in this type of approach are actively involved with the process, , they have multiple roles and responsibilities, they become learners that bring new ideas and they become teachers who assist their peers.The teacher takes longer in preparing and adopting a student-centered approach but in the long run students benefit from it the most.Now, Ill be presenting steps to take in developing a student-centered learning environment that uses technology to enhance student learning.I believe student diversity should be included first because students take the most important role in the classroom. Computers are next because without computers students will be missing a very important tool to use for assignments. Developing a vocabulary list will help the lesson go smoothly and will ensure achieving the objective.Teachers that are novice with computer skills should be trained so that students can benefit from it in the classroom. Theses steps will help achieve a learning environment in which technology is integrated.These are the references I used. I hope I have given you the necessary information to understand the differences between teacher-centered and student-centered learning, as well as, how to develop a student-centered learning environment that uses technology to enhance student learning. Thank you for listening to my presentation.


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