Research agenda

Our aim is to facilitate world-class research into all aspects of autonomy in language education. We do this by supporting research groups, offering regular, free online research seminars (called ‘LAb sessions’: more here) and publishing two journals (more here). We will gradually be building an Autonomy Research Repository and an Autonomy Corpus.

Our current research clusters are listed below. We welcome expressions of interest from potential collaborators.

Research clusters

  1. The psychology of autonomous learning. Understanding the psychological, affective and motivational processes that  impact on autonomous language learning. Read more…
  2. Learning communities and spaces. Understanding how environmental and contextual factors affect autonomous language learning. Read more…
  3. Autonomy and academic development. Investigating how/whether autonomous learning contributes to language proficiency and awareness of the learning process. Read more…
  4. 360 learning (lifewide and lifelong). Understanding how autonomous learning impacts on students’ lives through case studies and longitudinal research. Read more…
  5. Autonomous learning analytics. Looking at large data samples and entire cohorts of learners in order to identify predictors of success in autonomous language learning. Read more…
  6. Reflective dialogue. Analysing advising and mentoring dialogue and investigating its impact on learning. Read more…
  7. Teacher autonomy and teacher development. Exploring ways to develop effective practices for fostering learner autonomy in learners. Read more…
  8. Technology for autonomy. Understanding the affordances of technology for promoting language learner autonomy. Read more…

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