Toward Learner-Centered Teaching: An Inductive Approach

Karl L. Smart, Christine Witt, James P. Scott

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Through the past several years, the emphasis in education has shifted from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered approach. Traditional teaching has too often been based on a passive lecture model, dependent on an expert teacher who funnels knowledge into the somewhat retentive minds of students. More current learning theory suggests a different role for teachers-that of facilitators. Based on research about how people learn, this article advocates that teachers use more active, inductive instruction in the classroom and demonstrates a student-centered approach using classroom examples implemented in a required, college-level business communication course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-403
Number of pages12
JournalBusiness Communication Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • communication models
  • constructivism
  • inductive learning
  • learning community
  • learning-centered


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