Definition of child-centered in US English:



  • Giving priority to the interests and needs of children.

    ‘child-centered teaching methods’
    • ‘These new national standards will help ensure that the care the NHS delivers for children is genuinely safe and child-centred.’
    • ‘That clearly implies that a child-centred style existed in the West over 2,000 years ago doesn't it?’
    • ‘I knew it was part of the program when we signed up but I kind of made myself overlook it because the rest of the program is so academic and child-centered.’
    • ‘What used to be a very child-centered gathering still is a child-centred gathering but most of the ‘children’ have now grown up and are young adults.’
    • ‘The general ethos of the school is multi-denominational, co-educational and child-centred with the active participation of parents in the daily life of the school.’
    • ‘The curriculum in the child-centered middle school reflects young adolescents' interests, concerns, and thinking levels.’
    • ‘This is to do with the learning culture in schools as a consequence of a child-centred system which admits no failure.’
    • ‘The curriculum is structured in a child-centred way and children learn through play rather than formal teaching methods.’
    • ‘Progressive educational thinkers fought for an approach that was child-centred, moving away from the conception that children were simply small adults.’
    • ‘In our child-centred times, it is almost taboo for mothers to say they do not enjoy staying at home and looking after their children.’
    • ‘So, what has happened to the much prized concept of child-centred parenting?’
    • ‘In recent decades, more child-centered teaching methods and diverse curricula built around national standards have developed.’
    • ‘Direct teaching focuses on a teacher-centered curriculum rather than a child-centered curriculum.’
    • ‘Its main aim is to make technology education in Russian schools more active and child-centred.’
    • ‘‘There are many valid points to child-centered teaching and learning,’ he says.’
    • ‘Constructivism in education emerged during the 1970s out of fusion between child-centred ideas and relativist versions of Neo-Marxism.’
    • ‘Yet this child-centred society boasts the worst juvenile poverty in Europe and state schools which are decrepit, ill-equipped and under-staffed.’
    • ‘Parents seek access to an early education/play facility for children and child-centred activities for children after school hours.’
    • ‘Everything is delivered in a very child-centred way and children there grow and mature in a safe, warm and challenging educational environment.’
    • ‘The new progressives favoured child-centred teaching methods with more emphasis on process, less on content.’