Shifting a Traditional Approach to Learning: Fostering Student-centered Learning in a Taiwanese University

By Richard McFarlane and Paul S. Berg.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Student-centered learning focuses on the needs of the students and a facilitator that guides the students. This is an approach to learning which can allow students to be active in their own learning and can enhance their learning ability as well as cultivate skills that are useful in today’s workplace. The major education style in Taiwan is traditionally teacher–centered. This case study therefore investigated whether students at a Taiwan university can break away from this traditional approach to learning and adopt some of the principles of student-centered learning. A triangulated method of data collection was employed, which included personal journal entries that addressed 14 open ended questions, records of group meetings, an interview schedule of 19 open-ended questions and observations. This paper focuses on the analysis of data from seven central Taiwan University Department of Applied Foreign Languages students and their advisor.

Keywords: Student-centered Learning, Learning Approaches

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 582.982KB).

Richard McFarlane

Lecturer, Department of Commercial Technology & Management, Ling Tung University, Taichung, Taiwan

Richard McFarlane is a Canadian lecturer teaching conversation English for the Department of Commercial Technology and Management at Ling Tung University, Taiwan. He uses the communicative method of teaching as a way that allows students to use language for real language purpose and to solve real problems. Group work dynamics and student-centered learning, and role play are his major interests for helping students move beyond traditional learning and become responsible and active in their learning of English.

Paul S. Berg

Lecturer, Lecturer, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Ling Tung University, Ling Tung University, Taichung, Taiwan

Mr. Paul Berg is an American lecturer who has taught at Taiwan Universities for eighteen years.

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