Learnercentered Design of Educational Materials

Student-centered learning develops learning-how-to-learn skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and reflective thinking. Student-centered learning accounts for and adapts to different learning styles of students (National Centre for Research on Teacher Learning. 1999).Student-centred learning is distinguished from teacher-centred learning, which is characterized by the transmission of information from a knowledge expert (teacher) to a relatively passive recipient (student/learner) or consumer. (Students at the Centre of Their Own Learning (2001)Comment: Having students as active participants in their learning will really be dependent on how much students are willing to learn. If students want to proceed fast or slow, they can learn at their own pace and use their own strategies. Since motivation is a question of need it is but logical to infer that students that will decide their own level of motivation. Because of the differences in their needs, learning is also expected to be more individualized than standardized. As self-sustaining individuals, they learn to survive in their own environment hence learning skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and reflective thinking would occupy a majority of the learning process. Because of individual differences (Moffett, Wagner, 1992) also, the model will necessarily have to adapt to different learning styles of the student. One may find out that these concepts are part of the twelve principles of student-centeredlearning (McCombs Whisler, 1997).LCM is part of the implementation phase for one to attain the educational objective of learner-centered learning.