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.



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.

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