We have just finished Module 2 in E-Assessment Learning. Our final reading was about the differences between Teacher Centered and Learner Centered Learning.
Teacher Centered Learning:
Teaching and assessing are separate.
The instructor's role is to be primary information giver and primary evaluator.
Assessment is used to monitor learning.
Emphasis is on the right answers.
Desired learning is assessed indirectly through the use of objectivity scored tests.
Only students are viewed as learners.
Learner Centered Learning:
Teaching and assessing are intertwined.
The instructor's role is to coach and facilitate. The instructor's role is to coach and facilitate. The instructor and the students evaluate learning together.
Assessment is used to promote and diagnose learning.
Emphasis is on generating better questions and learning from errors.
Desired learning is assessed directly through papers, projects, performances, portfolios, and the like.
Instructors and students learn together.
I have always tried to be a learner centered teacher in the classroom. Sometimes when I am working with children we must teach to the curriculum. This means giving state mandated tests to the students who we know are not ready to take them because of their lack of English skills. In the real world there are others who make decisions for us who are not really in the classroom with the students but are the administrators. We can not always have it our way.