26 May 2017
Student- Centred Approach to Learning
This week the year 9 Malay Language class needed to write a report (format essay). In order to complete this task, students were required to include a survey to find more information for their writing. Based on their findings, they were required to analyse the information and come out with the conclusion. For this task, I found student-centred learning approaches were excellent techniques to use.
While teachers are an authority figure in this model, teachers and students play an equally active role in the learning process. The teacher’s primary role is to coach and facilitate student learning and overall comprehension of material.
There were many advantages of this approach. It includes developing flexibility in thinking and reasoning skills, as students compare and contrast various possibilities in order to draw their conclusions. It also helps students tap into their prior knowledge and experience as they attempt to solve a problem. Students also learn to make connections and associations by relating the subject matter to their own life experience. Students learn how to communicate their ideas and findings with others. This becomes a self-assessment activity, whereby the students gain more insight into how well or poorly they actually understand the concepts at hand. Students adapt learning to the real world, gaining problem-solving skills and ability to do a critical analysis of a given set of data. These skills enable the student to adapt to a constantly changing real-world environment. Thus, classroom learning does not result in (only) acquisition of a canon of absolute "truth"; it also results in a resource of personal knowledge. My students enjoyed doing this task.