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1.  What's the difference between student-centered learning and student-driven learning?

Posted 09-28-2017 20:55
What's the difference between student-centered learning and student-driven learning?

I don't understand the difference between student-centered learning and student-driven learning in the ISTE standards.
When I looked through a lot of literature, I found that they were almost identical.What do you think?

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yongjun wang
teacher
shanxi normal university
linfen
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2.  RE: What's the difference between student-centered learning and student-driven learning?

PLN Leader
Posted 09-30-2017 15:54
Hi @yongjun wang,

Great question, yes I believe these two terms are interchangeable.

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Kristin Harrington
Digital Learning Specialist
Flagler County Schools
@KristinCHarr
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3.  RE: What's the difference between student-centered learning and student-driven learning?

Posted 10-02-2017 12:42

Hi,

Here's my view. (It's a quick one, so hopefully people can get the general idea)


Student-centered refers to curricula, instructional methods, and any sort of station rotation that focuses on the student's best interest (or, any attempt at that). This was a better way to view instruction than the older model of whole group learning.


Student-driven has the student at the helm of learning goals identification, the path of learning that needs to occur (usually by questioning on and on about what needs to happen), and the assessment of how well those specific targets were met and re-met. The student gets say in establishing learning, progress, and end results.


I have several programs and I have been creating my student-driven model for a few years and it seems to work very well and both students and parents love the transparency of learning and the clarity as to what is being learned and how well. Goes directly to quality of work and effort.


Hopefully others chime in with their unique perspective.


Paul Rabara

Contempo Education






4.  RE: What's the difference between student-centered learning and student-driven learning?

Posted 10-02-2017 23:26
I want to point out some ideas from "ISTE standards for educators a guide for teachers and other professionals".
student-centered and student-driven
"Within this learning evolution, there has been a shift in focus. Looking back to those early years in education, and even to the advent of the internet and other digital resources, the spotlight was on the teacher and the students were seen as passive receptors. With the second shift, the spotlight moved to how the teacher was supporting the student. In the third shift, reflected in the ISTE Standards for Educators, educators are empowered as valued professionals within their systems, putting the spotlight on students to think for themselves and drive their own learning."

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yongjun wang
teacher
shanxi normal university
linfen
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5.  RE: What's the difference between student-centered learning and student-driven learning?

Posted 10-02-2017 10:31
greetings!

I agree that I've seen them used interchangeably --

I would consider student-centered learning an approach which is more individualized around students' *learning needs*, and which may use formative assessment to guide next steps, whereas student-driven learning is more about student *interests* or inquiry. Interested to hear others' ideas!

best,
Angela

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Angela Elkordy
Director, Learning Technologies Programs
Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences
National Louis University
Skokie IL
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