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Defending stories and sharing one: Towards a narrative understanding of teacher autonomy

Naoko Aoki and Hiroaki Kobayashi

in Maintaining Control

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099234
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099234.003.0011
Defending stories and sharing one: Towards a narrative understanding of teacher autonomy

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This chapter resists theory almost completely in this account, attempting to let the story of a relatively autonomous learner and teacher of Japanese as a second language speak for itself. The first part of this chapter defines what a story is, explains how the author writes life stories, and discusses issues surrounding story-based research. The second half of the chapter shares a life story of one of the author's ex-students and offers reflection on the story.

Keywords: teacher autonomy; story-based research; Japanese; second language; life story

Chapter.  7776 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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