Way back in November of 2011, several members of our instructional design team attended a workshop run by Terry Doyle, the author of a book by this name – Learning Centered Teaching: Putting the Research into Practice. He has a blog too http://learnercenteredteaching.wordpress.com/, which claims to be the Largest Resource for Learner Centered Teaching on the Web.
The question everyone asks, and rightly so, is why should teachers change to a learner centered approach to instruction? The answer is actually very simple. Fifteen years of neuroscience, biology and cognitive psychology research findings on how humans learn offer this powerful and singular conclusion: “It is the one who does the work who does the learning” (Doyle, 2008). This conclusion strongly suggests that the traditional model of teacher centered instruction, where teachers do a lot of the work, is less effective and can be detrimental to students’ learning. Therefore, a new approach is needed that gets the students to do most of the learning work and that approach is learner centered teaching. (from Learning Centered Teaching: Putting the Research into Practice)
After the conference, I read Terry Doyle’s book. Here’s why you should too. I wrote about the book on my blog and want to share the links here.
You can watch Terry Doyle discuss his book on these videos.