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Autonomy and context: a tale of two learners

Murphy, Linda (2011). Autonomy and context: a tale of two learners. In: Gardner, David ed. Fostering Autonomy in Language Learning. Gaziantep, Turkey: Faculty of Education, Zirve University, pp. 17–26.

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Despite the lack of a single, universal theory of autonomy, there is agreement on the educational importance of developing autonomy and that autonomy can take a variety of forms, depending on learning context and learner characteristics. This paper examines autonomy in distance language learning and how capacity and opportunity for decision-making relates to context, by drawing on a longitudinal study of the experiences of individual language learners at The Open University (UK). It concludes by considering the implications for teachers and course designers.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Author
ISBN: 605-4389-05-X, 978-605-4389-05-6
Extra Information: This book is published electronically only.

"The papers in this book started life as presentations at the international conference entitled: If We Had to Do It Over Again: Implementing Learner Autonomy in the 21st Century held at Zirve University, Turkey 1st - 3rd June 2010. The papers have since undergone a process of change based on: peer-feedback at the conference, peer-review and editing." -- T.p. verso
Keywords: distance language learning; language learner autonomy; learning context; learner characteristics; language learner experience
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 29144
Depositing User: Linda Murphy
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 15:06
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:30
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