TRAMES 2, 2, 1998

Eda Tammelo. Autonomous learning - a new approach

University of Tartu


Autonomous learning represents an educational innovation which is considered to be especially suitable in andragogy. Giving an overview of the basic theoretical concepts underlying learner autonomy, the author argues that integration of self-directed learning and self-access may be justified for foreign language instruction in tertiary settings, where it is necessary to cope with the most diverse backgrounds, needs and requirements of learners. The author suggests that a special training programme should be offered to teachers wishing to adapt the innovation. Piloting will show whether the approach has a future in the particular learning environment.

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