Student-Centered Learning

Student-centered learning or student-centered learning is an approach to education focusing on the needs of the students, rather than those of others involved in the educational process, such as teachers and administrators. This approach has many implications for the design of curriculum, course content, and interactivity of courses.

For instance, a student-centered course may address the needs of a particular student audience to learn how to solve some job-related problems using some aspects of mathematics. In contrast, a course focused on learning mathematics might choose areas of mathematics to cover and methods of teaching which would be considered irrelevant by the student.

Student-centered learning is in stark contrast to teacher-centered learning. Student-centered learning is focused on the student's needs,abilities,interests,learning styles with the teacher as a facilitator of learning. This classroom teaching method acknowledges student voice as central to the learning experience for every learner. Teacher-centered learning has the teacher at its' center in an active role and students in a passive,receptive role. Student-centered learning requires students to be active,responsible participants in their own learning.

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