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Inside independent learning: Old and new perspectives

Cynthia White

in Independent Language Learning

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083640
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209299 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083640.003.0002
Inside independent learning: Old and new perspectives

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This chapter presents three new perspectives, namely critical adaptive learning, community and collaboration, and affect and cognition, on independent language learning. These are explored with reference to three studies against a background that this chapter expresses as having undergone ‘fundamental shifts’ with regard to our understanding of independent learning. The chapter argues that the way to extend the current independent learning research paradigm is to focus on critically adaptive learners, the role of affect and the part communities play in the processes of independent learning — three aspects to which other chapters refer to later in the book.

Keywords: independent learning; critical adaptive learning; community; collaboration; affect; cognition

Chapter.  4371 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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