Personal Means Learner as Central

  • Mellita Jones
  • Karen McLean


This chapter explores student-centred learning as a core practice for personalising learning. Keamy et al. (2007) identify this core practice as a key tenet for personalising learning, which they termed “Learner as Central”. As a notion that has been fundamental to more contemporary ideas about effective teaching and learning in recent decades, much of this chapter looks to present an overview of what is already known about student-centred learning and how it has been developed, critiqued and refined in its relatively short history in education. In providing this summary, we are able to clearly explicate the ways in which this particular tenet is essential to personalising learning in the higher education context and more broadly. We also challenge the generally accepted dichotomy that is often presented between student-centred and teacher-centred learning, purporting instead that a strong duality between these approaches is needed to personalise learning in an effective manner.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mellita Jones
    • 1
  • Karen McLean
    • 1
  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversityBallaratAustralia

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