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ERIC Number: EJ1088694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1750-1229
Reflexive and Reflective Thinking: A Crucial Link between Agency and Autonomy
Gao, Xuesong
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, v7 n3 p226-237 2013
As the construct of agency has generated considerable discussion among language educators recently and has become a buzz word, there is a need for it to be further conceptualized and operationalized in autonomy research. Drawing on Margaret Archer's theorization of "internal conversation," this paper theorizes language learners' agency as a precondition to their efforts to take control of the learning process. It proposes reflexive/reflective thinking as a means to examine how agency enables language learners to discern and deliberate their concerns, desires, and visions in the light of contextual and structural conditions and assuming control of their language learning. To this end, language learners' narratives are used to illustrate how they are enabled by agency to conduct reflexive/reflective thinking for regulated language learning. The paper concludes that such an understanding of agency and autonomy may be foundational to language educators' efforts to promote autonomous learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong