The Importance of Student-Centered Learning (SCL) in Indonesian Higher Education


The issue investigated in this paper is about the roles and the importance of Student-centered Learning (SCL) in Indonesian higher educations. In some Indonesian universities, the policy to implement SCL has been instructed, but some lecturers seem to teach passively and simply leave the class after finishing their lecture. There are also some arguments from education experts opposing the existence of SCL. Hence, this paper aims to elaborate the benefits of SCL in Indonesian Higher Educations by considering its challenges. As what Angele Attard upholds in her research, Student-centred Learning is generally defined as an approach to concentrate more on students rather than teachers and to substitute traditional teaching method with active learning, comprehensive self-paced learning activities and/or teamwork development which fundamentally lead the students take responsibility for their own learning. The methodology used in conducting this research is the literature review. Selecting a review topic assisted by some kinds of literature from peer-reviewed journal articles through Monash University database, Google Scholar and some websites containing Indonesian higher education data and evidence. As the findings, there are three main benefits of SCL; it provides an opportunity for students to have Independent learning, actively involves students in critical thinking activity, and encourage them to collaboratively work in a group which enhances their teamwork skill. In summary, this paper shows that the implementation of SCL in Indonesian higher education will play important roles and help provide opportunities for students to actively study and think out of the box.

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Hidayatullah Yunus, Monash University, Australia

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Conference: ACEID2018
Stream: Higher education

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