23 Things for Research. Thing 10

I like blogs that not only sharing thoughts but also provoking others’ thoughts. I like bogs that stimulate a meaningful conversation between writer and readers. I am personally not fond of a simple comment, such as “I like your post/blog”, which actually means not much. Blogs, to me, as I posted before, is not fast food. Reading should an enjoyable process.

To accomplish Thing 10, I would like to reblog a post by Dialogical Discussions, and I also copy our little conversations here. I am doing a research related to this topic and just found the blog has brought a great discussion about a ‘modern student centred approach’. I hope you guys enjoy.


Though the teacher says this is student centred learning, the learning is very much still teacher centred.  When she asks a student for an answer she immediately moves on to either an activity or asks another question.  At the very least she could have responded to each student “when you said………..why do you think this?” or “when you said…….what is that you read that makes you say that?”   so they are justifying and explaining further their answer.  This means the respondent is having to work a lot harder and the other students are listening to a much more complex answer and gives them food for thought.  The conversation in the class remains at surface level as a result even though it appears to be at a deep and level.

More analysis to come….

Question – if the students had BYOD what web 2.0 apps could she have used when the students are writing on the whiteboard so that she had all the students participating?

Very interesting post. Thanks for that. I reckon that teacher’s role, especially in BYOD environment, has become more important as they need to clarify the ‘direction’ and the ‘path’ to the specific learning goals in multiple learning activities. They ensure students achieve certain expectations and become competent. But I also concern who should be responsible for setting the learning goals, and who should be responsible for designing the curriculum. About your doubts about the example, is it because that it is in front of the whole class but not at an individual level?

I personally think student-centred learning requires a dominant students inquiry initiatives, and it really depends on individuals. Informal learning (incl. self-directed learning and incidental learning), to me, might be a major form (or solution) of student-centred learning.

  1. Hey Jason, thanks for responding!! My critique of this post wasn’t so much about who is responsible for setting the goals or designing the curriculum but about the actual dialogue that takes place in this clip. I think she is not fostering a student led discussion because she does not respond well back to the students when they answer her. A student led discussion should have opportunity for students to have the opportunity to respond with depth and to respond to each other with questions. The teacher in this clip does not facilitate this discussion so that the students are directing it. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what is ‘student led’ discussions. Student centered learning is a different concept again and one in which you are obviously an expert.

    1. Ohh, thx for your reply. It’s true that it can be a big debate tho. But your critique really inspires my thinking about defining two kinds of learning (student-centred or teacher-centred). Or maybe we should not separate them~ LOL. Have a nice weekend


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