Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practicereviewed by Gerald Brong — 2003
After reading the thirteen page preface and the first thirteen
pages in chapter one, the reader discovers why this book is
supposed to be so important.
Maryellen Weimer reports that “If the goal of teaching is
to promote learning, then the role the teacher takes to accomplish
that goal changes considerably” (p. 14).
“Learner-centered teachers make essential contributions to
the learning process. However, they are significantly
different from those contributions most teachers currently
make” (p. 15). Weimer then continues to provide 200
more pages with ideas and tactics promoting learning.
If the preceding paragraph has a negative tone, it confirms this
reviewer’s early responses to the book. The book is
written in the first person. It has a definite and biased
frame of reference. And Weimer’s writing is in a form
that almost preaches to the reader. It reads like a guest
lecture that covers 201 pages of notes. But, do not stop with
this reviewer’s early responses. Read on to discover
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- Gerald Brong
GERALD BRONG is self-employed as a teacher, speaker, writer, and program developer. Brong works in the quality-processes and quality-results field with an emphasis on systems configuration and confirmation of outcomes and results. Schools, classroom practice, applied educational technology, and quality systems in education are primary interests. Recent papers and presentations have explored: "Quality, If It Is So Important, Why Is It So Controversial"; "Aviation: Quality, Safety and Security"; "Innovation: Time for Change"; and, "Dealing with Controversies in Education." He currently serves as Education Chair for the American Society for Quality Section 606 (the Seattle-Tacoma area in the State of Washington) and he serves as adjunct faculty member at a number of universities. Before entering private practice he served on the Library Faculty of Washington State University.