Teacher Autonomy: A Critical Review of the Research and Concept beyond Applied Linguistics


  • Jaime Usma Wilches Universidad de Antioquia




Teacher autonomy, Autonomy, Applied linguistics, Language teaching


In this paper I will review conceptual and empirical research on teacher autonomy beyond the limits of applied linguistics. Research shows that teacher autonomy can be conceptualized as a personal sense of freedom from interference or in terms of teachers’ exercise of control over school matters. This review clarifi es the meaning of teacher autonomy, provides valuable insights about different domains in which teachers exercise their control, and explores some of the personal and contextual factors that affect their performance. This paper confi rms the necessity to analyze teacher autonomy beyond a particular field

Received: 27-03-07 / Accepted: 18-07-07

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Usma Wilches, J. (2007). Teacher Autonomy: A Critical Review of the Research and Concept beyond Applied Linguistics. Íkala. 12(1), pp. 245 – 275.

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Author Biography

Jaime Usma Wilches, Universidad de Antioquia

Jaime Usma is a teacher researcher and a member of the research group GIAE (Grupo de Investigación Acción y Evaluación en Lenguas Extranjeras) in the School of Languages at the Universidad de Antioquia. Ph. D student, University Wisconsin-Madison, United States.


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How to Cite

Usma Wilches, J. (2007). Teacher Autonomy: A Critical Review of the Research and Concept beyond Applied Linguistics. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 12(1), 245–275. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ikala.2720