ERIC Number: EJ719339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 35
Reconceptualizing Roles and Responsibilities in Language Learning in Higher Education
Teaching in Higher Education, v10 n4 p461-473 Oct 2005
This paper addresses the theme of the special issue by looking at the development of student autonomy in learning in the French programme at the University of the West Indies St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. The paper explains why a focus on autonomy is apt to meet both the programme's linguistic goals and its larger societal goal of preparing language specialists for the country and the region. Data from questionnaires and learning journals of first year students allow us to compare student attitudes to learning and autonomy with what is documented in the literature. These data show why there is a need to help students revise their interpretation of learning in a higher education context. The paper suggests that a learning environment that allows participants to reconceptualize their roles and responsibilities in learning is one which creates the conditions for transformative learning to occur. The higher education sector optimally provides such environments.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Student Attitudes, Personal Autonomy, Questionnaires, Second Language Learning, Transformative Learning, Comparative Analysis, Student Role, Diaries, French
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Trinidad and Tobago