Child Centered EducationPaper Rating: Word Count: 1754 Approx Pages: 7
Student-centered education is not a concept of this era nineteenth . As early as the nineteenth century many educators have had the notion that children are not just small adults and that they require different techniques of teaching. However this relatively innovative idea brings criticism with it from those that are not convinced that students should be responsible for making decisions during and about his/her learning process.
One of the first people to define Student-centered education was John Dewey at the turn of the twentieth century. Although many other scholars had the initiative and desire to implement these ideas in the classroom, Dewey with the support of his neighbors was able to materialize this dream. In a series of papers based on the direct experience he acquired from his reformed school, Dewey explains what student-centered education is and the need is there for it. In Dewey's work there is a series of ideas that others had expressed in the passed but that he rephrased in order to have a concrete definition to present to those who didn't quite buy the idea of focusing on the student rather than on knowledge alone.