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ERIC Number: EJ1132441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
A Pathway to Learner Autonomy: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective
Hu, Pingying; Zhang, Jiaxiu
Asia Pacific Education Review, v18 n1 p147-157 Mar 2017
Concepts of learner autonomy and the self-determination theory provided a theoretical rationale for the action program for learner autonomy. The action program incorporated satisfying learners' basic psychological needs into English Foreign Language (EFL) course education. The action program was implemented for one academic year. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used in this study. Outcomes of the action research indicated that (1) the satisfaction of learners' needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness facilitated them to move along the "learner autonomy continuum" from dependence to autonomy, which was in agreement with the process of internalization of extrinsic motivation; (2) the students' English proficiency improved with the progress of learner autonomy; and (3) the implementation of the action program for one year was not enough to cultivate fully autonomous EFL learners. The study implied that collaborative learning played an important role in fostering learner autonomy in China and that instrumental motivation and educational culture also had impacts on learner autonomy development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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