Alice Chik, Naoko Aoki, Richard Smith

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This introductory chapter provides background to and outlines the main arguments for exploring new research agendas in autonomy in language learning and teaching research. As research on autonomy in language teaching and learning approaches the four-decade mark, the field is rapidly moving in different directions. However, the most recent overview of the field was published ten years ago (Benson, Lang Teach 40:21–40, 2007). Picking up from Benson’s (Lang Teach 40:21–40, 2007) state-of-the-art article, this introductory chapter overviews various relatively recent
developments in autonomy research with learners and with teachers and briefly summarizes the contribution of each chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAutonomy in language learning and teaching
Subtitle of host publicationnew research agendas
EditorsAlice Chik, Naoko Aoki, Richard Smith
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781137529985
ISBN (Print)9781137529978
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • learner autonomy
  • research agenda

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    Chik, A., Aoki, N., & Smith, R. (2018). Introduction. In A. Chik, N. Aoki, & R. Smith (Eds.), Autonomy in language learning and teaching: new research agendas (pp. 1-5). London: Palgrave Macmillan.