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Focus on the Importance of Child Centered Education for Early learning - Do You Believe in Child-Centered Edutcation?

Updated on August 11, 2014

Often, a parent will have to determine the type of education that they would like for their child. There are two main types of education: child-centered education and subject-centered education. Child-centered education revolves around the child and their needs and learning takes place from early childhood. Learning takes place as the child strives to meet their needs. It also takes place when the child gives expression to his or her drives and preferences.

With child centered education, the motivating factors include the child’s immediate purpose and interests. It should be noted that these motivating factors vary with each child and tend to change as time goes by. This is largely due to the fact that the child is motivated to learn by their inner needs.

There are certain characteristics of early childhood education that should be considered if the learning process is to be effective. For instance, it is advocated that the child be allowed to learn in their own natural way without any interference from the overseeing adult. In this way, the child is taught that his/her interests in play form the basis of early childhood education. Moreover, with child-centered education, books are avoided at the early childhood phase with a lot of emphasis being given to the child learning through their senses as well as natural development.

When promoting childhood education, some points need to be considered. Some of these points include freedom, self-activities, process of spontaneous development as well as development of own interest and needs.

When dealing with the process of spontaneous development, the child is allowed to learn at their own speed. The learning process is not rushed. In this case, the role of the teacher is to understand the child and how they learn, performing more of a support role than teaching the child directly. Obviously this education can be guided too, but should focus around the child.

Early childhood education is very important in every child’s life as the start of the learning process will play an important role in a child’s development.

What processes have you used? Do you think that early learning should be child centered?

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    • Brett.Tesol profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Hi Barbergirl, thanks for the rant, err I mean comment lol. This is always a touchy subject for teachers and parents. However, I do feel parents should motivate their children by showing an interest and support. It is the teachers job to teach, but this is almost impossible if the patents don't help with addressing behavioral problems, or severe issues that the child may be having. It is also not possible to spend a lot of time 1-to-1 if class sizes are large, which then comes down to money and government policies. Education is so important, especially in the early years, but unfortunately the system we have is far from perfect. Things are improving, but child educational approaches or systems will never be perfect and error free.

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      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I am not a fan of how parents send their kids to school which in turn bring homework home for the parents. What I believe is if I wanted to be a teacher I would have went to school for it. I am not saying that parents shouldn't take an active role in kid's education, but I do believe the teachers are their to guide them and homework is to enforce what they have learned. On the other hand, my kids will find things that interest them and they will expand on those outside of school. For instance my oldest daughter is a big reader. So in away, I guess they kind of push themselves. Interesting hub; Thanks for Sharing! Sorry about the bit of a rant... I get a little heated about schools expecting parents to be the teachers. Not all parents work a 9-5 job...

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      7 years ago from Online

      Bretty, you have presented a nice subject and visitors gone through enjoyed but not participated in poll, hope you can change the location of poll. Thanks for sharing:)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Complicated situation! It may be that we have to consider all cases on an individual basis and decide from there what is best for the individual. Great subject. Great Hub!

    • Brett.Tesol profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Glad you found the idea useful. It can be mixed with other techniques, but is a good place to start.

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      7 years ago from Cebu

      This is an interesting concept. I will try to incorporate this type of educational approach with my son, hope it works. Thanks for Sharing

    • Snurre profile image


      7 years ago

      Interesting article about an important issue. I know that child-centered education works because that's how I was brought up. As a result, I grew up bilingual. So it does work.

      Thanks for SHARING

    • Brett.Tesol profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      @ Mackyi, I agree completely. It is very important to know how a child learns and also what their strong points are.

      @ KrystalD, I think that a combination of techniques is the only way you can teach a class of kids effectively. Using group interests and fashions can work very well.

      @ Jellygator, interesting points. I don't think that child based education can work independently in school, but is good for early development. Combined techniques work better, using interests to inspire the child, but to know the interests you need to observe first (not all children even know their interests, let alone learning styles).

    • Brett.Tesol profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Hi Missolive,

      Thanks for the idea, I wish I had read it earlier. However, the poll is now open.

      That was a really detailed comment, cheers for taking the time to write it. You confirmed and expanded on many of the issues I touched on.

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      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Hi Molometer,

      Thanks, glad you agree. I hope that one day the UK will get back to being GREAT, but it looks less likely year by year. However, thankfully it is a global place nowadays, and with the internet, you can work for anywhere and from anywhere :-).

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      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Hi Alocsin,

      This approach is more for the very early years, but can be adapted for classroom teaching too. It has to be adapted, because as you said, mixed abilities and interests make the classroom a little more tricky.

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      7 years ago from USA

      It seems to me child-based is a method, while subject-based is the material.

      In child-based education, they are using a child's interest to teach what, exactly? Reading, math, science... The same things taught using subject-based methods.

      The problem that I see is child-based curricula encourage dropping or lowering standards so that it either takes longer for students to achieve operational standards, or else it limits the child's ability to change skill sets as needed for career changes.

    • KrystalD profile image


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I agree with combining techniques as well. Children need a variety of approaches especially since no two children are exactly alike. Using there interest is definitely a way to find a pathway into nearly any topic.

    • Brett.Tesol profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Hi Krystal,

      Although this approach is very effective, I think a combination technique works best. By this, I mean as an educator you should learn your students interests, then twist the subject to use their own interests. When you can do this, the response is amazing and students are suddenly interested ... rather than just having to learn.

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      I.W. McFarlane 

      7 years ago from Philadelphia

      I firmly believe early childhood education is very crucial to the child's overall future progress in their academic pursuits. Therefore, it's important that the parent/teacher aim to find out what method of teaching best suits the child and also what type of learner is the child.This is also an opportunity to kind of see whether the child gravitates more to towards science,maths,etc.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Excellent hub Brett. I would love to see you form your last two questions into a poll. It would be interesting to see the results. It is important to note that your hub focuses on early childhood. I do agree that a learner centered environment encourages the continued growth and wonderment in a child. That is the beauty of childhood - the who, what, when, where, how and why. I try very hard to continue this approach with my middle school students. If we continue to apply Blooms Taxonomy in our classrooms we will continue to see growth and we will be encouraging a learner centered environment. A learner centered environment also helps promote motivation in the learner. Thus, encouraging further growth.

      Thank you for sharing your hub and knowledge.

      Voted up!

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      Micheal is 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      In the UK, we are still training school children, for the needs of industry and commerce (mostly industry).

      We have no industry for them to enter. So we are basically training a workforce for a system that doesn't need them.

      Great hub. We need to get back to the child strengths and interest's.

      Then we may really see another Darwin, Einstein or Newton. All of these great men followed what interested them.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I quite agree that having children learn at their own pace is ideal. But that's sometime difficult when you have a roomful of kids with different abilities and attention spans. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • KrystalD profile image


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I always find that early education got it right. Children are social and learn in multiple ways. I find that a child's intrests and ways of learning are the best starting point for teaching. It is unfortunate that beyond Kindergarten we have largely lost touch with the value of starting with the child versus with what we THINK they should know.


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