Learning centers : an honors thesis [(HONRS 499)]

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Gilbert, Chuck
Wheeler, Margaret S.
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Thesis (B.?.)
Honors College
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The purpose of this paper is to present and critique a teaching procedure for elementary students which serves as an alternative to most present day traditional procedures. The writer, a beginning teacher, searched for a methodology that would allow for better utilization of teaching time. Student teaching disclosed that some traditional classrooms operate in a manner not conducive for one-to-one teaching sessions. For this reason, the writer chose learning centers as a more efficient classroom organization. The writers wants to know from this research whether learning centers actually allow teachers more freedom in determining how to manage teaching time.Presented in this paper are the rationale for using centers, the steps for developing centers, and the procedures for initiating centers in an elementary classroom. The writer selects from this material characteristics of learning centers for critiquing. The critique centers on the characteristics in terms of the advantages and disadvantages learning centers provide teachers.