Translating theory into practice: making meaning of learner centered education frameworks for classroom-based practitioners

Author(s): Lattimer, Heather

Date: 2015

Pages: p. 65-76

This study provides a rich descriptive analysis of two mathematics lessons in secondary school classrooms in Kenya in order to identify the discrete instructional practices that distinguish learner-centered educational environments. The two classrooms serve similar populations of students and bear many structural similarities, but there are subtle differences in teaching practice that result in distinct differences in placement on Guthrie's teaching styles continua and Schweisfurth's minimum standards rubric. By providing a rich description of lessons in these classrooms and drilling down into the specific practices that teachers use in these classrooms, the study aims to help build connections between theory and practice and illuminate some possibilities for how LCE reform efforts might be envisioned at the school and classroom level.

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