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ERIC Number: ED461705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 29
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Preparing Teachers To Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners in Urban Schools: The Learner-Centered Framework.
McCombs, Barbara L.
This paper suggests the need for a research-validated framework to help preservice and inservice teachers and higher education faculty understand fundamental learner needs that must be met in any setting and any reform effort. It describes a learner-centered framework based on the research-validated "Learner-Centered Psychological Principles" (APA, 1997) and associated tools that can provide a seamless professional development model for linking K-16 teachers. It discusses the role of learner-centered principles and practices in school reform (characteristics and dispositions of learner-centered teachers, characteristics of learner-centered practices, sharing power and control with learners, and building positive personal relations and meaningful connections). The paper offers evidence of the effectiveness of this framework in urban schools. Implications for social and educational policy are noted (e.g., policies must emphasize new leadership roles through the use of strategies that empower members of underrepresented minority groups to take increased control of their learning and development, and policies must emphasize the value of diversity throughout the educational system). A proposed research agenda focuses on strategies that give greater voice to all students at all educational levels. (Contains 52 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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