Putting Students at the Center: Research Shows Student-Centered Approaches Result in Achievement and Engagement

By Nicholas C. Donohue
October 18, 2016

This article, written by President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF), Nicholas C. Donohue, discusses the positive impact of student-centered learning practices on the achievement gap. He reviews several studies of school programs that show students in learner-centered classrooms outperform their peers in more traditional school settings; with the highest gains occurring for underserved students, female students, racial minorities, and students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. He discusses research which indicates student-centered learning practices have the potential to reduce the achievement gap.

This article provides a compelling argument for student-centered learning and could be used by educators and administrators looking to educate the public or advocate for the adoption of student-centered practices in their schools.

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