Learner Autonomy and the Theory of Sociality

  • Tim Lewis


In his classic definition of learner autonomy as ‘the ability to take charge of one’s learning’, Henri Holec (1981: 3) clearly envisages autonomy as an individual capacity. Effectively, for Holec, learner autonomy involves a greater or lesser degree of independence both from the teacher and from conventional means of tuition:

Learning taken charge of in this way by the learner is self-directed or undertaken on an autonomous basis. This acceptance of responsibility for the learning may be done with or without the help of a teacher, with or without the use of teaching aids. (Holec 1981: 4)


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© Tim Lewis 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Lewis
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  1. 1.Centre for Research in Education and Educational TechnologyOpen UniversityUK

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