Use in elementary classrooms; types of centers; elements; management. Teacher’s instructional style.
The purpose of this paper is to examine research on creating and managing learning centers in primary school classrooms. In general, the learning center can be defined as an area in a classroom, such as a corner in the room, that defines a specific focus or affords a unique learning opportunity (Pattillo & Vaughan, 1992). In her discussion of learning centers for the primary grades, Cosgrove (1992) states that learning centers are places for students to develop and improve upon skills in social contexts, giving students opportunities to participate in thought-provoking activities by stimulating curiosity within a cooperative setting. It is noted that a good deal of learning in primary grade learning centers utilizes a hands-on approach in which children get to touch and manipulate various learning….