This introductory chapter provides background to and outlines the main arguments for exploring new research agendas in autonomy in language learning and teaching research. As research on autonomy in language teaching and learning approaches the four-decade mark, the field is rapidly moving in different directions. However, the most recent overview of the field was published ten years ago (Benson, Lang Teach 40:21–40, 2007). Picking up from Benson’s (Lang Teach 40:21–40, 2007) state-of-the-art article, this introductory chapter overviews various relatively recent developments in autonomy research with learners and with teachers and briefly summarizes the contribution of each chapter.
KeywordsLearner autonomy Research agenda
The research agendas presented in this volume began life as moderated discussions on the AILA Research Network for Learner Autonomy discussion board, AUTO-L, when we were joint coordinators of the network (2011–2014). They benefitted considerably from feedback at the 2014 AILA Congress in Brisbane, Australia, and subsequent peer review. We thank all those who have helped with their feedback in the process of construction of this volume.
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