Learning-Centered Education

Learning-Centered Education - Baldrige Education Core Value

Learning-Centered Education

In order to develop the fullest potential of all students, education organizations need to afford them opportunities to pursue a variety of avenues to success. Learning-centered education supports this goal by placing the focus of education on learning and the real needs of students. Such needs derive from market and citizenship requirements.

A learning-centered organization needs to fully understand these requirements and translate them into appropriate curricula and developmental experiences. For example, changes in technology and in the national and world economies have increased demands on employees to become knowledge workers and problem solvers, keeping pace with the rapid market changes. Most analysts conclude that to prepare students for this work environment, education organizations of all types need to focus more on studentsí active learning and on the development of problem-solving skills. Educational offerings also need to be built around effective learning, and effective teaching needs to stress the promotion of learning and achievement.

Learning-centered education is a strategic concept that demands constant sensitivity to changing and emerging student, stakeholder, and market requirements and to the factors that drive student learning, satisfaction, and persistence. It demands anticipation of changes in the education market. Therefore, learning-centered education demands awareness of developments in technology and competitorsí programs and offerings, as well as rapid and flexible responses to student, stakeholder, and market changes. In addition to providing programs, offerings, and services that meet student and stakeholder requirements, learning-centered education addresses those features and characteristics that differentiate the organization from its competitors. Such differentiation may be based on innovative offerings; combinations of programs, offerings, and services; customization of offerings; multiple access mechanisms; rapid responses; or special relationships.

Key characteristics of learning-centered education include the following:

  • High expectations and standards are set for all students and incorporated into assessments.

  • Faculty members understand that students may learn in different ways and at different rates. Student learning rates and styles may differ over time and may vary depending on subject matter. Learning may be influenced by support, guidance, and climate factors, including factors that contribute to or impede learning. Thus, the learning-centered organization needs to maintain a constant search for alternative ways to enhance learning. Also, the organization needs to develop actionable information on individual students that affects their learning.

  • A primary emphasis on active learning is provided. This may require the use of a wide range of techniques, materials, and experiences to engage student interest. Techniques, materials, and experiences may be drawn from external sources, such as businesses, community services, or social service organizations.

  • Formative assessment is used to measure learning early in the learning process and to tailor learning experiences to individual needs and learning styles

  • Summative assessment is used to measure progress against key, relevant external standards and norms regarding what students should know and should be able to do.

  • Students and families are assisted in using self-assessment to chart progress and to clarify goals and gaps.

  • Key transitions, such as school-to-school and school-to-work, are emphasized.




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