Learner Autonomy and Independence: The Students' Perspective

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2006
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Graves, Varsha
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Despite the emphasis on autonomy, lots of research has emphasized the role of instructor or the materials. Noticing the significant role of students as agents for their autonomous learning, this study intends to hear voices from students to understand their experiences and understandings on autonomous learning. Specifically, this study interviewed two graduate students who just entered their new EAP environment. Although the two students were from different cultural backgrounds (one from Japan and the other from Egypt), the interviews revealed similar perceptions on learner autonomy in general: both seemed to perceive them as responsible agents for their own learning (and not the teacher or materials). Nevertheless, distinct features of two students were also observed. The detailed description and perception of students’ autonomy are discussed.
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autonomy, independent learning, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
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21 pages
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