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Learner-Centered Education

Learner-centered education puts the student at the center of education. It starts with understanding the educational background of the student and continues with the instructor evaluating the student's advancement towards the course learning objectives.  The following five resources will provide a simple to deep understanding of learner-centered education.  You can add your comments and recommendations concerning these materials by simply clicking on the “Write a comment” link that is on the right side of the webpage containing a full description of the material.

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Learner Centered Teaching

Phyllis Blumberg, University of the Sciences

This website provides information about learner-centered teaching as well as links to presentations the author has made regarding the topic.

Learning-Centered Syllabus

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Iowa State.

Creating and using a learner-centered syllabus means that we focus on the process of learning rather than the content and that the content and the teacher adapt to the students rather than expecting the students to adapt to the content

Review and Summary of Learner-Centered Teaching

 Bill Peirce, Prince George’s Community College

This site provides a complete summary of Weimer's 2002 publication by Josey-Bass. Describes her five key changes to practice, principles to guide instructors who wish to move toward learner-centered teaching, challenges, strategies, and assessment issues. This article is a 6-page summary to whet your appetite for a longer look at the book when you have more time.

Navigating The Bumpy Road to Student-Centered Instruction

Richard M. Felder (North Carolina State University) and Rebecca Brent (East Carolina State University

This article discusses the inevitable "bumps" in trying to institute student-centered instruction from both the student and faculty point of view. Provides responses to faculty concerns over this approach to teaching and learning with specific suggestions for overcoming them.

Learner-Centered Psychological Principles

American Psychological Association. 

This article identifies fourteen principles pertaining to learners and the learning process.  It includes cognitive and meta-cognitive factors, motivational and affective factors, developmental and social factors, and individual differences.