Summary of The Learner-Centered Classroom and School

Strategies for Increasing Student Motivation and Achievement

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The Learner-Centered Classroom and School book summary
The “learner-centered” method puts each student’s nature and best ways of learning at the center of education.


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Education professionals Barbara L. McCombs and Jo Sue Whisler explain why they believe that the “learner-centered” approach is the best way to engage and motivate students, and to revamp and revitalize schools. The authors explain the learner-centered educational philosophy and detail the ways that teachers and administrators can utilize this proven, practical approach. getAbstract recommends their guidance to school administrators, teachers, students and their parents, as well as to the policy makers who shape education.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What problems weaken the US educational system
  • What advantages the learner-centered approach to teaching provides
  • How teachers and school administrators should implement this strategy
  • How it benefits students


Broken Schools
“This place hurts my spirit!” one student lamented about high school, and many others would agree. Often, today’s schools simply don’t work for students. Systemically, many educators believe education is in serious trouble. The problems they diagnose in the US are also common...
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About the Authors

Barbara L. McCombs is a senior director and Jo Sue Whisler is a senior associate at the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL) in Aurora, Colorado.

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