Masters in the Center

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Student Centered Teaching

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Yasmine B. Kafai, Graduate of Harvard, NSF researcher, and teaching visionary. I just learned about an approach called Problem Based Learning in which the lesson is centered on the student's discovery and teachers are "guides on the sides," In the Problem Based Learning approach, students work in groups to learn from and teach each other. The groups are given a task or problem and learn a lesson along the way to finding their solution. I was really taken with this approach to teaching, but it looks like its not new. I just watched a video of Kafai's Mind In Play project and saw that she was using a similar style back in 1991. Kudos to Kafai.


  • At 4:59 PM, Blogger Ms. Bragg said…

    Interesting - Sounds like you have begun to look at some teaching philosophy. Unfortunately, as I see it, the downside to this approach is that students have to be motivated and willing to see the value in the problem solving process not just the result. You might also check out Paulo Freire
    Kim (your cousin)


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