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Learn in a Student Centered Environment

Student-centered learning (AKA learner-centered education) broadly encompasses methods of teaching that shift the focus of instruction from the teacher to the student. Student-centered learning aims to develop learner autonomy and independence by putting the responsibility of learning in the hands of students. Student-centered instruction focuses on skills and practices that enable lifelong learning and independent problem-solving. Student-centered learning theory and practice are based on the constructivist learning theory that emphasizes the learner's critical role in constructing meaning from new information and prior experience.

Student-centered learning puts students' interests first by acknowledging the student as central to the learning experience. Generally speaking, in a student-centered learning space, students choose what they will learn, how they will learn, and how they will assess their own learning. This is in contrast to traditional education, also dubbed "teacher-centered learning", which situates the teacher as the primarily "active" role while students take a more "passive", receptive role. In a teacher-centered classroom, teachers choose what the students will learn, how the students will learn, and how the students will be assessed on their learning. In contrast, student-centered learning requires students to be active, responsible participants in their own learning and with their own pace of learning.

Student-centered learning creates individuals that are continuous life-long learners and adept problem solvers which, in the healthcare field, knowledge is power, problem solving is essential and both are often the difference between life and death. And this is how Gordon Cooper Technology Center saves lives... One Student at a Time.

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