Becoming autonomous in an asian context: autonomy as a sociocultural process

Phil Benson*, Alice Chik, Hye-Yeon Lim, Richard C Smith

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Since the publication of Riley's (1988) seminal paper on the "ethnography of autonomy", the discussion on autonomy and culture has tended to focus on the relevance of the 'Western' idea of autonomy to learners from 'non-Western' cultural backgrounds. Discussion of this question has on turn been dominated by what Smith (2001: 70) has called "an ongoing debate regarding the validity of learner autonomy in Asian settings".
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearner autonomy across cultures
Subtitle of host publicationlanguage education perspectives
EditorsDavid Palfreyman
Place of PublicationHampshire
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780230504684
ISBN (Print)9781403993403
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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