Learning Vs Student Centred
In your research, you’ve probably come across a debate that has been at the forefront of educators’ minds when they think about instruction: what’s better, teacher-centered or student-centered education? But what exactly are these? Keep reading to know everything you need to know about these.
1. Teacher-Centered Education
In teacher-centered education, students put all of their focus on the teacher. You talk, and the students exclusively listen. During activities, students work alone, and collaboration is discouraged.
2. Student-Centred Instruction
When a classroom operates with student-centered instruction, students and instructors share the focus. Instead of listening to the teacher exclusively, students and teachers interact equally.
Group work is encouraged, and students learn to collaborate and communicate with one another.
More differences between Teaching-centred and Student-centred education
Advantages of Student-Centred Learning.
- Many types of research show that student-centered learning is effective for every member of the classroom because it takes into account their diverse learning needs and greatly increases their retention of both knowledge and skills.
- Moreover, it emphasizes that learning requires active engagement by the students, so it works to engage the student in learning.
- Students gain confidence in themselves as they take on new responsibilities.
- Student-centered learning enables students to develop the necessary workplace skills.
- It encourages innovation and creativity through deep learning and requires students to think about their learning, the issues, and the problems.
- The student learns to be responsible for his own learning and actions.
- The student learns things like working with others, team building, developing skills and how to be independent.
Advantages of Teacher-Centred Learning.
- As the curriculum is designed by the teacher, it becomes easy to achieve the desired goals.
- Subject matter becomes psychologically sound due to its relevance to the interests, needs, and level of the children.
- Content/Subject matter is logically arranged. – Irrelevant material/ Subject matter is avoided.
- Teachers feel comfortable and confident in the classroom activities.
- Democracy is encouraged.
- Co-operation is developed.
- Society/Community is also involved (directly or indirectly) in the development of curriculum.
- No objection is raised by the teacher in connection with the availability of sources and resources.
Which To Choose?
In recent years, more teachers have moved toward a student-centered approach.
However, some students maintain that teacher-centered education is the more effective strategy.
In most cases, it is best for teachers to use a combination of approaches to ensure that all student needs are met.
You know your classroom better than anyone, so decide what works best for you and your child.