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ERIC Number: EJ1088733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-1229
Between the Social and the Selfish: Learner Autonomy in Online Environments
Lewis, Tim
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, v7 n3 p198-212 2013
This paper explores what it means to be an autonomous learner in an online social context. Using distinctions originally drawn by Jürgen Habermas, it argues that classic accounts of learner autonomy as teleological action are inadequate to explain learner activity in group settings. It points out that learners in such settings display attitudes and behaviours identified with human sociality (empathy, altruism, reciprocity, fairness and collaboration). It argues that, far from undermining the concept of learner autonomy, an understanding of these behaviours can lead us to a fuller picture of what autonomy may mean, when it incorporates the concept of respect for the autonomy of others.
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Language: English
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