The Field Of Adult Education

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INTRODUCTION
The field of adult education has a longstanding tradition of student-centered learning. More recently, there has been an increased emphasis in K-12 education on using student-centered instructional practices in ESL/EFL context. In the traditional classroom, students are the passive participants who spend their class time listening and taking notes or recording what they have heard; on the other hand, teachers are the solely original resource of knowledge or information and practice the “show and tell” model. This is the way how I learned English in my country, China, which is the EFL classroom. Nevertheless, under the circumstance of society which highly advocates choice and democracy, the student-centered approach which provokes students critical thinking, higher-order thinking, independent learning, creativity, innovation and social-linguistic depositions appears to be better reflective of the previous concepts without dispute. Emenyeonu in 2012 articulate that “student centered learning is put in place to help students to find out their own learning styles, to know and understand their motivation, and to acquire effective study skills that will be valuable throughout their lives. Consequently the focus of the student centered learning is on student outcome rather than on teaching (Emenyeonu 2012) .” Speaking of the characteristics of student-centered approach, the most obvious one is active. Students are no longer require knowledge passively, instead,…
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