Learner Centered Approach
Learner Centered Instruction (LCI) is an approach that focuses totally attention on students, engaging them to learn using their skills and interests. As a result, the instruction becomes more personalized and involves students to learn for their future.
In this approach, the teacher becomes a facilitator between the students and the knowlede. The teacher guides students to find answers to their questions, arrive to conclusions, instead of only giving the answers as you do it in a formal class.
The four key principles of LCI are:
- Learning is personalized. Firstly, the teacher creates a strong bound with the student to be able to discover where the student is in the learning process and secondly the teacher uses this information to meet the student's needs and help him/her to continue improving.
- Learning is competency-based. Students have to master information and skills in order to excel, not only moving thourgh the curriculum. They can learn at their own pace, helping teachers to respond to each student's individuality.
- Learning happens anytime - anywhere. Students have to be aware that learning is forever, it won't stop, so as teachers, we have to engage them and give them the tools to continue learning even when they are not in class because important discoveries can be made outside of it.
- Learning happens when students take ownership: if students play the main role in this kind of instruction, the teacher can not make decisions that affect them without them. In this way, actively engaging the students with the whole process will make the learning lasting and meaningful.
By: Rahiza Burneo G.