عنوان
Learner Autonomy or Teacher Authority
نویسنده (گان)
Mohammad Raouf Moini Mina Asadi Sajed University of Kashan
چکیده مقاله
Language learning studies have become increasingly interested in psychological studies on language learners stressing learners’ role in their own learning process. Agency, as an emergent concept in language pedagogy, highlights the issues of learner autonomy, inhibition or anxiety and the power relations between teacher and learners to foster the former and reduce the latter. This paper attempts to contribute to a fuller understanding of learners’ agency and the role of classroom environment in fostering agency in EFL majoring students. Among factors which contribute to learner agency such as self regulation, motivation, learners’ self concept, and the power relation between teacher and students, the focus of this study is on learner autonomy, and anxiety and teacher authority in agentic participation of learners at university. Relying on the socio-cultural framework or complex dynamic system and mixed method research, we report on the results of interview and questionnaire grounded investigation of Kashan university EFL students attitudes toward agency and the effect of educational environment on reducing anxiety and the instructors role in fostering agency and finally the relationship between students’ will and capacity to act (i.e. agency) and their scores.

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