Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice


reviewed by Gerald Brong — 2003

coverTitle: Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice
Author(s): Maryellen Weimer
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787956465, Pages: 288, Year: 2002
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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 why this book needs to be... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 693-695
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11023, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 4:29:58 PM

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