Here are some good benefits of why Student-Centered Learning is important. Furthermore, this article explains some of the research and more benefits of Student-Centered Learning. Enjoy!
Another important aspect of Student-Centered Learning is the teacher/instructor. The teacher/instructor has to be Ok with allowing the learner to be self-directed, learn from experiences and are engaged in the classroom. While it is the responsibility of the teacher/instructor to ensure learners are acquiring the skills they need, it is also up to them how they do it. Allowing learners the opportunity to be self-taught with proper guidance will have a lasting, positive effect on the learner. This article explains a bit better why teachers/instructors should share that power with learners: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-centered-learning-starts-with-teacher-john-mccarthy
One of the main focuses of Student-Centered Learning is constructivism. Constructivism is the idea that people learn and expand on their education from their experiences and reflecting on those experiences. Normally, in a classroom, learners come with their own ideas about certain topics; for example, at my job right now, learners come with previous experience on FAFSA and financial aid. In the classroom, we validate what they know and help understand and present information where they may be incorrect. Here’s a great article on constructivism:http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/constructivism/
Here are some of the most important Student-Centered Learning characteristics: https://teal.ed.gov/tealguide/studentcentered
Student-Centered Learning is the way we should be training and teaching our learners. This type of learning takes learning and makes the learner the focus of the training/teaching. It shifts from educator to learner; therefore, the learner is given the autonomy for self-learning. This is contrast of how most of us have learned, but if done correctly, student-centered learning can have the most impact on learning and future learning for the student.
The article, Disrupting Class: Student-Centric Education iS The Future: http://www.edutopia.org/student-centric-education-technology provides great examples and rationale of why we should be moving towards this type of learning.