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ScholarOne - Exploring the Importance of Student Centered Learning in Higher Education Based on Constructivist Theories of Teaching and Learning and Psychology
  • Ziyu Cui
Ziyu Cui
Shaanxi Xueqian Normal University

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Objective: The essay delves into the transformative changes witnessed in teaching and learning over the last 30 years, with a specific focus on the shift from teacher-centered to student-centered education in higher education. Emphasizing the widely accepted notion that students should be the focal point of the learning experience, the author aims to explore the reasons behind the increasing importance of student-centered learning in contemporary higher education classrooms. The background sets the stage for a comprehensive examination of the subject, emphasizing its relevance in the evolving educational landscape. Methods: The methodology employed encompasses a multifaceted approach. The essay initiates with a contextual overview, tracing the evolution of learning models from teacher-centered to student-centered. This historical perspective provides a foundation for a detailed literature review. The author intends to define and contextualize student-centered learning, drawing connections to constructivist theories of teaching and learning. Additionally, the inclusion of personal experiences in a constructivist classroom adds a practical dimension to the exploration. This combination of historical context, theoretical grounding, and personal insights forms the methodological framework of the essay. Results: The anticipated results involve a synthesis of insights into the benefits and implications of student-centered learning. The essay aspires to shed light on how this approach positively influences various aspects of student learning. The literature review is expected to unveil the theoretical underpinnings supporting student-centered learning, emphasizing its role in nurturing skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking. The integration of personal experiences aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice, providing a tangible illustration of how student-centered principles manifest in real-world educational settings. Conclusion: The article aims to synthesize the diverse elements explored throughout the text. Acknowledging the benefits of student-centered learning, the author contends that the most effective outcomes are achieved when both cognitive constructivism and social constructivism are in equilibrium within the student-centered classroom.
30 Jan 2024Submitted to Advance
09 Apr 2024Published in Advance