The Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative at KnowledgeWorks offers a unique approach to asking and answering some of the biggest questions we have about student-centered learning. Delving into crucial issues of practice related to personalized learning, competency-based education, extended instructional opportunities beyond the school day, and the role student agency and autonomy plays in shaping academic outcomes, the Research Collaborative will be supplying the field with much needed clarification and coherence.

How will the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative accomplish this?

Through three main activities:

  1. Conducting new and innovative research on student-centered learning approaches to catalyze development and build coherence within the field
  2. Serving as the communicator and sense-maker of the Collaborative’s work as well as the curator and clearinghouse for all studies related to student-centered learning
  3. Continuing to build the evidence base of good implementation, and developing tools to help practitioners and policymakers apply research on student-centered learning in their unique settings

What, specifically, will the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative do?

Collaborative members conduct original research on student-centered practices, curate existing scholarship for multiple audiences, and generally catalyze the field so that important findings make the necessary and often rare transition from research to practice. Because theory, practice, data, and decision-making are always intertwined, the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative will undertake its work in an integrated, interdisciplinary fashion.

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