Autonomy and its role in learning


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This chapter discusses the development of the concept of autonomy in ELT and makes particular reference to its role in helping teachers come to terms with changing landscapes of teaching and learning. It then goes on to outline what we know about autonomy and its implementation to date and to discuss three current issues of concern: the social character of autonomy, learners’ knowledge of the learning process, and teacher autonomy. The chapter concludes by indicating possible future developments in the field. Copyright © 2007 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational handbook of English language teaching
EditorsJim CUMMINS , Chris DAVISON
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
ISBN (Print)9780387463018, 9780387463001
Publication statusPublished - 2007


Benson, P. (2007). Autonomy and its role in learning. In J. Cummins & C. Davison (Eds.), International handbook of English language teaching (pp. 733-745). New York: Springer Science+Business Media.


  • Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning


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