The Learner-Centered Classroom and School: Strategies for Increasing Student Motivation and Achievement / Edition 1

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What a learned-centered perspective and model helps us understand is that human beings—individual learners, young and old, students and teachers—bring with them a complex array of unique perspectives, needs, capacities, and strengths. At the same time, they share certain fundamental qualities. The inherent need to grow, live, and develop in a positive direction, for example, is common to all learners. What best supports these inherent capacities and distinctive characteristics? To find out, we asked students and educators what they thought produced the highest level of learning in not only academic areas, but in the personal, social, and vocational realms as well."—from the preface The Learner-Centered Classroom and School shows educators and administrators how they can fill their classrooms with students who are eager for success and motivated to learn. The learner-centered approach focuses on designing instruction that is sensitive to the individual students needs, abilities, and interests rather than rigidly tied to the subject matter. This unique approach emphasizes cooperation, is respectful of the learner, and trusts individuals to be responsible their own learning. The book is filled with useful examples and practical suggestions for implementing learner-centered concepts into any school or classroom.

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"In an era when the idea of learner-centered teaching is widelyadvocated but seldom practiced, there is finally a book uncommonlyfaithful to this approach. Barbara McCombs and Jo Sue Whislercarefully blend years of research and practice to give teacherspractical guidance and to spur the educational establishment tourgently needed reform." (Raymond J. Wlodkowski, Ph.D., MotivationExpert and author of Eager to Learn and Diversity andMotivation)

"McCombs and Whisler extract powerful, practical lessons fromcontemporary theories of learner-centered classrooms. As imminentlyreadable and insightful contribution to the field of education."(Martin V. Covington, professor of psychology, University ofCalifornia Berkeley and author of Making the Grade and OvercomingStudent Failure)

"The Learner-Centered Classroom and School gives us a vision of atruly powerful form of school reform—focusing the instructionalprocess on the learner. McCombs and Whisler not only provide acomprehensive review of the research and theory on learning andmotivation, but they spell out in practical detail how teachers canutilize this information to implement a learner-centered approach.This book has the potential of drastically altering the promise andpractice of education." (Robert J. Marzano, deputy executivedirector for training and development, Mid-continent RegionalEducational Laboratory, Aurora, Co and author of Dimensions ofLearning and A Comprehensive Guide to Designing Standard' BasedDistricts, Schools and Classrooms)

"An especially useful tool to anyone attempting to establish alearner-centered environment by increasing student motivation andachievement." (Connie H. Yarema, assistant professor ofmathematics, Northeast Louisiana University)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787908362
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/24/1997
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA L. MCCOMBS is senior director for human development and motivation at the mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL) located in Aurora, Colorado. JO SUE WHISLER is senior program associate at McREL. They both live in Denver.

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Table of Contents

What is "Learner-Centered"?

Why Learner-Centered?

The Learner-Centered Classroom.

The Learner-Centered School System.

Making the Transition to Learner-Centered Classrooms andSchools.

An Action Plan for Ongoing Learning and Change.

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