ERIC Number: ED155720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Learning Centers in the Classroom: Frills or Fundamentals?
Stansell, John C.
Learning centers should be considered a fundamental strategy in the instruction of language skills, functioning more in the mainstream of the language arts curriculum than on the periphery. In view of the fact that language is founded on thought that is derived from the learner's experience, learning centers provide a language experience approach, featuring the use of the learner's own language and thought as a foundation for instruction. In learning centers children are taught real uses of real language, not given dry-run drills. The use of learning centers also affects the role of the teacher, who assumes the position of guide and co-learner rather than that of source and dispenser of knowledge. The teacher circulates among the centers, sits in on discussions, reads written work, and gives editorial help. Teachers discover that such a classroom setting allows them more freedom with their classroom time. (JF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference on Language Arts in the Elementary School (10th, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 10-12, 1978)