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ERIC Number: EJ844996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
Learning-Centered Learning: A Mindset Shift for Educators
Reynolds, Jim
Inquiry, v11 n1 p55-64 Spr 2006
American educators have a mindset about learners and the learning process. Although all educators do not have the same mindset, many see teaching in terms of controlling: what students learn, how they learn, and how the learning is measured. This mindset focusing on teaching--rather than on learners and the learning process--seems to be fairly common among American educators of today. Here, at the start of the 21st-century, educators are being urged to rethink how they look at learning and teaching. Educators are being asked to shift their thinking and philosophical mindset to learning-centered learning (Reynolds, 2005), to emphasize the learner and the learning process. This rethinking has had a long history in the ebb and flow of educational philosophy in the United States, but it was during the mid-1990s that an interest in learner-centered and learning-centered strategies was rekindled by an article in Change by Barr and Tagg (1995). In this article, the author presents philosophical learning assumptions that support the construct of learning-centered learning. This 21st-century construct supports learning environments that create intrinsic motivation, accommodate individual learning-style characteristics, give increased control to individual learners, and see all learning as multidimensional.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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