Participant Centered Learning

Participant Centered Learning

The case for participant-centered learning

This is an awesome lecture to listen to.

PROFESSOR JIM AUSTIN: The issue of teaching and learning is a very old issue. Around here at Harvard, people have been thinking about it for a long time. In 1869, one of our most distinguished presidents of the University, Charles Eliot, said, �Our major problem is not what to teach, it is how to teach it.�

And so that is a challenge that always faces every educator: How best to teach? Which is really a question: How best can we learn?

And so in this session, in fact we�re going to explore that. But the purpose of this whole course is focused on a certain type of discussion leadership. It is on participant-centered; it is on discussion-based; it is on active learning. And so, therefore, we�re going to try, at the beginning of this whole program, in this session, to plunge ourselves into that.

What is different about discussion-based leadership, compared to the traditional lecture method, and what are the challenges that this new method implies?

That�s the only question. That�s the simple one we have to answer here. So let�s see where it takes us. What�s different about it?

__: One is centered on the teacher, and the other on the participant.


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