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Teacher-centered v.s. Student-centered Classrooms
Transcript of Teacher-centered v.s. Student-centered Classrooms
Some alterations to traditional teacher-centered
instruction have taken hold. Educators are constantly searching
for new ways to deliver the curriculum more effectively.
Teacher-centered instruction has been dominant in the education of North America.
In a traditional classroom, students become passive learners, or rather just recipients of teachers’ knowledge and wisdom. They have no control over their own learning. Teachers make all the decisions concerning the curriculum, teaching methods, and the different forms of assessment.
Students are actively learning and they have greater input into what they learn, how they learn it, and when they learn it.
This means that students take responsibility of their own learning and are directly involved in the learning process.
Learner-centered teaching style
focuses on how students learn instead of how teachers teach.
Teachers abandoned lecture notes and power point presentations for a more active, engaging, collaborative style of teaching.
The main difference
As a difference from the traditional role in which the teacher a sole dispenser of information and the students are recipients that are being filled with that information or knowledge, in the learner-centered approach, the teacher is a facilitator that challenges her students and they take charge of their own learning and construct their own learning experiences.
Approach where the learners are learning by doing and experiencing rather than depending on the teachers’ wisdom and expertise to transmit knowledge.
in a Teacher-centered classroom
Now, picture the same math class in a
There has been a debate of teacher-centered vs. student-centered education in the forefront of educators’ minds for many years. Though many people have a specific idea of which type of education is best.
In recent years, more teachers have moved toward a student-centered approach. In most cases, it is best for teachers to
use a combination of approaches to ensure that all student needs are met.
When both approaches are used together, students can enjoy the positives of both types of education, learning in a well-balanced educational atmosphere.
Making a decision