Learner autonomy and groups

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Working in groups is a popular teaching strategy associated with communicative, task-based and other approaches in ELT. Learner autonomy has also become an influential concept and has been linked to groupwork. However, ideas about how learner autonomy (often seen as a set of skills in an individual) might develop through groupwork have tended to develop by practice and intuition more than through research. This chapter will consider some relevant questions about learner autonomy and groupwork, for example, individual autonomy in a group, learner support, autonomy development, group autonomy and conditions for group and individual autonomy. It will also discuss research approaches which have proved useful in other fields and how these might be applied in language learning and teaching contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAutonomy in Language Learning and Teaching
Subtitle of host publicationNew Research Agendas
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781137529985
ISBN (Print)9781137529978
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Collaborative learning
  • Group work
  • Learner autonomy
  • Social autonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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