Page 3 of The Hindu, 14 Jan. 2009, features a news story on student centered learning.  Several school and college teachers in Chennai had attended a workshop on the subject.  One of the teachers, at the workhsop, shared the negative response she had from students when she had tried to make her classes student centered.  The students apparently preferred the traditional, teacher centric, passive learning style. 

Why did the students resist active learning?  What benefits did they perceive in passive learning?  What were the ‘drawbacks’ of active learning?