What is this thing called autonomy? Finding a definition and a model

Carol J. Everhard

Abstract


Interest in autonomy in language learning has escalated in recent decades. Despite its relevance to modern-day teaching, what autonomy is and how language teachers can promote it remains partly enveloped in an aura of mystery. Some factors preventing this aura from being lifted will be examined.

The impediments and affordances encountered in the search for a definition and a model of autonomy suited to the Assessment for Autonomy Research Project (AARP), conducted 2005-2010 in the School of English, Aristotle University, are described. Both the AARP definition and model could go some way towards making autonomy more transparent and quantifiable.

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autonomy, defining autonomy, models of autonomy, transparency, measurability

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