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4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning

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4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning

by TeachThought Staff

A Definition of Student-Centered Learning

In our view, student-centered learning is a process of learning that puts the needs of the students over the conveniences of planning, policy, and procedure.

Like any phrase, “student-centered learning” is subjective and flexible–and only useful insofar as it ultimately supports the design of learning experiences for students. For example, arguing for a “student-centered approach” to creating curriculum frameworks that center the authentic knowledge needs of each student makes sense, while creating a “student-centered” classroom that gives students little choice in content, voice in product, or a human necessity for creative expression does not. Student-centeredness uses an actual person as an audience, and designs learning experiences backwards from that point.

With that in mind, here are 4 principles of student-centered learning to consider as you design curriculum and instruction.

4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning


  • Creative
  • Dynamic
  • Mobile
  • Emotionally safe
  • Cognitively agitating


  • That honors their history
  • That stirs their enthusiasm & curiosity
  • That they connect with in fundamentally “non-academic” ways
  • That reflects their needs
  • That they believe they can impact


  • In assessment & curriculum forms (e.g., PBL)
  • That grows as their understanding does
  • That reflects who they really are
  • In classroom conversations
  • In local community & around national
  • & global events


  • In content & priority
  • In media forms and content distribution
  • In audiences for their work
  • In learning strategies, literacy strategies, etc.
  • In pace & sequence

4 Principles Of Student Centered Learning

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Joe deLarios

I don’t understand how education made it before student centered learning.

Really master piece ideas and guidelines to make the students create a comfort zone for the better understanding as well as to implement the perfect guidelines for them to choose the subjects along with better place plus voice space for the education curriculum. Great initiatives in deed. Thanks a lot for sharing.

it seems to create a disciplined learning environment to the students