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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
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11023, Date Accessed: 8/4/2021 2:27:46 PM

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  • Gerald Brong
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    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.
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