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Version 1.2 – Updated June 2023

Student-centered teaching


  • Influence: Student-centered teaching
  • Domain: Student Learning Strategies
  • Sub-Domain: Student-focused interventions
  • Potential to Accelerate Student Achievement: Potential to accelerate
  • Influence Definition: Refers to learning experiences intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students. It focuses on the needs of students, involves modifications and adaptations, and often is premised on the notion that learners construct their own understanding of the world, and thus must be active participants in learning.


  • Number of meta-analyses: 7
  • Number of studies: 815
  • Number of students: 90,074
  • Number of effects: 969
  • Weighted mean effect size: 0.53
  • Robustness index: 4


Journal Title Author First Author's Country Article Name Year Published Variable Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Effect Size
Dissertation Preston USA Student-centered versus teacher-centered mathematics instruction: A meta-analysis 2007 Student centered vs. teacher centered approach 19 0 19 0.54
Conference paper Thomas, Sparkes, Alexander, Jackson, Silva, Walker, Mandel, Abrami & Bernard Canada Blurring boundaries between teacher and learner: The case for a constructivist approach to teaching with technology in post-secondary classrooms 2014 Student centered in ICT 40 4,952 55 0.16
Mersin University Journal of the Faculty of Education Uyar & Doganay Turkey Student Based Strategy Method and Your techniques Academic Impact on Success: A Meta-Analysis Study. 2018 Student centered teaching 105 0 120 1.14
Ankara University Journal of Faculty of Educational Sciences Simsek & Ozaslan Turkey Impact of Student-Centered Methods and Techniques used in English Teaching on Academic Success: A Meta-Analysis Study. 2021 Student centered teaching 55 0 55 1.00
Anatomical Sciences Education Wilson, Brown, Misch, Miller, Klein, Taylor, Goodwin, Boyle, Hoppe, & Lazarus USA Breaking with tradition: A scoping meta-analysis analyzing the effects of student-centered learning and computer-aided instruction on student performance in anatomy. 2019 Student centered & CAI in anatomy 7 2,570 7 0.24
Campbell Systematic Reviews Bernard, Borokhovski, Schmid, Waddington, & Pickup Canada Campbell Collaboration 2019 Student centered vs. teacher centered approach 299 43,175 365 0.44
Conference paper Bernard, Borokhovski, Tamim & Abrami Canada Teacher-centered and Student-centered pedagogy: A meta-analysis of classroom practices and processes 2013 Learner vs teacher centered environments 290 39,377 348 0.37
TOTAL/AVERAGE 815 90,074 969 0.56
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