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Reconstructing Autonomy in Language Education
Inquiry and Innovation
Edited by Andy Barfield and Steve Brown
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
01 May 2007
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Successful language teaching is recognised as engaging with learner and teacher autonomy. Reconstructing Autonomy in Language Education provides a critical reinterpretation of what is meant by this engagement. Fourteen grounded research projects concerned with teacher and learner education, classroom practice, self-access learning and teacher collaboration in local Asian, European and American settings are complemented by three extensive commentaries helping readers to engage with subjects dealt with in the research, and two overview chapters. The contributors have extensive firsthand teaching and research experience in the field.
The resulting innovative, self-reflexive approach to this central concern of the reconstruction and practice of autonomy in language education should benefit researchers and teachers in pre-service and in-service MA or other professional training and development.


Description

Successful language teaching is recognised as engaging with learner and teacher autonomy. Reconstructing Autonomy in Language Education provides a critical reinterpretation of what is meant by this engagement. Fourteen grounded research projects concerned with teacher and learner education, classroom practice, self-access learning and teacher collaboration in local Asian, European and American settings are complemented by three extensive commentaries helping readers to engage with subjects dealt with in the research, and two overview chapters. The contributors have extensive firsthand teaching and research experience in the field.
The resulting innovative, self-reflexive approach to this central concern of the reconstruction and practice of autonomy in language education should benefit researchers and teachers in pre-service and in-service MA or other professional training and development.


Reviews

'[This collection] presents much first-hand experience which may provide useful material for reflection. It is without a doubt a major contribution to the field, [...] because it is deeply commited to a social-constructivist appraoch to autonomy.' - David Dixon, The Journal of Language Teaching


Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Notes On Contributors
INTRODUCTION: Re-Constructing Learner and Teacher Autonomy in Language Education; D.Little
PART 1: TEACHER AND LEARNER EDUCATION
Teacher Development Through Inquiry - Getting Started; F.Vieira
The Role of Autobiography in Fostering Learning and Reflective Thinking; L.Karlsson & F.Kjisik
Tensions in Policy and Practice in Self-Directed Learning; A.Akaranithi & S.Punlay
On Democracy and Learner Autonomy in Initial Teacher Education: Guerrilla Warfare?; M.A.Moreira
Responding to Resistance; P.Brown, R.Smith & E.Ushioda
Commentary on Part 1: Necessary Contradictions...and Beyond; E.Auerbach
PART 2: CLASSROOM PRACTICE
Nurturing Language Learner Autonomy Through Caring Pedagogic Practice; Huijuan Shao & Zongjie Wu
Active Learnership in Continuous Self- and Peer Evaluation; T.H.Natri
Seeking Autonomy in a Lecture Course; H.Nicoll
Uses of Adversity: Moving Beyond L2 Learning Crises; R.L.Oxford, Meng Yaru, Zhou Yalun, Sung Jiyeun & R.Jain
Telling Tales of Transformation; M.Nix
Commentary on Part 2: Narrative, Struggle, Reflection and Autonomy; M.Carroll & S.Cotterall
PART 3: SELF-ACCESS LEARNING AND TEACHER COLLABORATION
Developing Student Support in Self-Access Centres; P.Darasawang, W.Singhasiri & S.Keyuravong
Support Structures for Self-Access Learning; S.Toogood & R.Pemberton
Shifting Sands: Supporting Teachers in Facilitating Independent Learning; J.T.Young, C.A.Hafner & D.W.Fisher
Developing Teacher Autonomy Through Teamwork; J.Kennedy & A.Pinter
Commentary on Part 3: Teachers, Transitions and Time: Learning for Educational Change; A.S.Mackenzie
Conclusion: Autonomy/Agency through Socio-Cultural Lenses; K.Toohey
References
Index


Authors

ANDREW BARFIELD teaches in the Faculty of Law, Chuo University, Japan. His research interests include second language collocation development and the critical interplay between learner and teacher autonomy.

STEPHEN H. BROWN teaches in the Department of English of the Faculty of Letters at Konan Women's University in Kobe, Japan. His research interests include learners' and teachers' self- and mutual-perceptions in the autonomous learning process and drama as a tool for mediating autonomous learning.