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ERIC Number: EJ1143009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-3014
Creating Space for Learner Autonomy: An Interactional Perspective
Szczepek Reed, Beatrice
Classroom Discourse, v8 n2 p175-190 2017
This paper is concerned with teachers' and learners' collaborative pursuit of learner autonomy in a highly asymmetrical education setting, the music masterclass. Evaluations are identified as a potential opportunity for the mutual construction of learner autonomy. The analysis shows that, while teaching professionals mitigate interactional inequalities and thus reflexively handle asymmetrical interaction, words alone do not address the imbalances that exist. It is only when teachers show determination in pursuing invitations for students to engage and provide sequential slots for them to do so that spaces for learner autonomy are created. Students are also shown to take charge of their own learning by evaluating themselves, rather than waiting for teachers to do so. The data show that, while interactional asymmetries can be deeply ingrained in traditional forms of instruction, the local co-construction of social life means that patterns of instruction can be negotiated "in situ" rather than being the inevitable result of established hierarchies. However, doing so requires considerable interactional effort.
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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: United Kingdom
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