Student-Centered Education: A Meta-Analysis of Its Effects on Non-Academic Achievements

SAGE Open, Volume 13, Issue 2, April-June 2023.
Non-academic achievement refers to the positive learning quality, personality, and social adaptability students develop during the learning process, which is essential for growth and social development. Can popular student-centered education assume the responsibility of cultivating learners with excellent learning qualities and extraordinary social competencies, as expected by educators globally? Using a meta-analysis, we reviewed and summarized 65 effect sizes from 31 quantitative research papers on the impact of student-centered education on students’ non-academic achievements, published from January 2010 to April 2021. The results showed that student-centered education had a positive impact on students’ non-academic achievements. The impact was greatest at the secondary and higher education levels and over a 3-month experimental period; however, no significant differences were found in curricula, teaching models, teaching strategies, or learning forms. Our results confirm that student-centered education should be widely adopted and accepted in the long term, at secondary and higher education levels.

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