The history of learner autonomy
Smith, Richard (Reader in Linguistics) (2008) The history of learner autonomy. In: Dam, Lemi, (ed.) 9th Nordic Conference on Developing Learner Autonomy Language Learning and Teaching: Status and Ways Ahead after Twenty Years, 2006. Copenhagen, Denmark: CVU Copenhagen & North Zealand (now UCC Copenhagen), pp. 11-18.Full text not available from this repository.
In spite of the imposing title, my aim in this paper is not at all to present some kind of ‘definitive history’ of learner autonomy in language education – even if this were possible, it is highly premature. Rather, I want to argue here for the practical relevance of adopting historical perspectives on the autonomy movement at this stage in its development. I wish to suggest, in particular, that it might be useful for us to jointly construct records of learner autonomy related practice in which we have ourselves been involved. Please interpret the title, then, as meaning something like: ‘Reflections on the usefulness, at this point, of our constructing historical records of learner autonomy practice in different contexts’! I begin with some reflections on why history construction might be a good idea at this point in time, moving on to describe further the scope and type of history I am arguing for. I then report on some preliminary steps I have taken towards the construction of this kind of history with the collaboration of participants in the Copenhagen Workshop and others. Some preliminary findings are presented in the form of commented timelines, and I invite readers to use these as a basis for further commentary and filling in of gaps, from their own perspectives.
|Item Type:||Book Item|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Publisher:||CVU Copenhagen & North Zealand (now UCC Copenhagen)|
|Place of Publication:||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Book Title:||9th Nordic Conference on Developing Learner Autonomy Language Learning and Teaching: Status and Ways Ahead after Twenty Years, 2006|
|Page Range:||pp. 11-18|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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