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The student and teacher relationship is defined as more of a facilitator/learner. The students are given a task and presented with an idea or problem and then are required to participate in both physical and mental activities. The student is the main person attached to this curriculum because they are actively constructing their own knowledge and problem solving in a groups or individually. The is is designed to aid them in the construction of their own thoughts and drive to succeed.

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The use of a textbook in this approach would be limited. The textbook would be used merely as a research tool or a reference item. This curriculum contributed to the different styles of learning that students learn. this also provides educational alternatives to learning and assessment through discovery and exploration. This in turn aids in the development in new courses not covered in the traditional textbook and facilitates cooperative learning. The instructional approach is determined in the best interest of the students and the level of participation of the teacher. Dewey argued that "Traditional curriculum is detached and unrelated to the problems of real life, instead he advocated purposeful activities as relevant and lifelike as possible and tied to a students needs and interest." (Orrnstein, Levine, Gutek 440) This curriculum is highly favorable to an educator that enjoys the realization of educational content delivery.


This video project was presented to high school Juniors that were asked to explore the events at Pearl Harbor... this is their discovery!

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http://prezi.com/1_s_btnvbcta/activity-centered-approaches/ -- Whitney and Stephanie's Prezi Presentation