Discursive dissonance in approaches to autonomy

Philip Riley

in Maintaining Control

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099234
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207165 | DOI:
Discursive dissonance in approaches to autonomy

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This chapter focuses on problems that occur when autonomy means different things to different people and the discourses of autonomy diverge. It argues that such conditions of discursive dissonance arise in educational contexts when there is a conflict between (unacknowledged, out-of-consciousness) pedagogical traditions and “official” or “academic” approaches to learning and teaching. Learners and teachers alike are caught in a tug-of-war between one relatively explicit set of beliefs and instructions and values backed up by institutional authority, and another inexplicit set which is based on folk linguistic beliefs and models and backed up by the authority of tradition and common sense.

Keywords: selves; discursive dissonance; common sense; institutional authority; learning; teaching

Chapter.  6591 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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