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Challenges in Teacher Development: Learner Autonomy and Intercultural Competence


Edited By Manuel Jiménez Raya and Lies Sercu

No one graduating from school can any longer have the illusion to have completed her or his learning career, nor to live in a monocultural society. Quite on the contrary, learning will be the major business of the professional future of anyone who now leaves school. Moreover, the multicultural nature of current societies constitutes an additional major dimension of any person’s life and requires growth in intercultural competence along the lifespan. This is a book, in which various pathways toward the development of teacher competencies in promoting learner autonomy and intercultural competence are discussed. It focuses on the potential of action research, self-reflection, constructive learning and self-report activities for teacher development, offering a number of more theoretically oriented chapters on teacher beliefs, intercultural competence, learner autonomy, action research and eLearning. It also documents a number of case studies in which teacher educators have tried to support teachers in exploring and, possibly, developing their own attitudes and beliefs regarding learner autonomy and intercultural competence, and regarding ways to promote learner autonomy and foster intercultural competence amongst their students and in themselves as professionals in teaching.


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Challenges in Teacher Development: Leamer Autonomy and Intercultural Competence Foreign Language Teaching in Europe Edited by Pamela Faber/Wolf Gewehr/Manuel Jimenez Raya/Terry Lamb Vol.10 � PETERLANG Frankfurt am Main . Berlin . Bern . Bruxelles . New York . Oxford . Wien Manuel Jimenez Raya/Lies Sercu (eds.) Challenges in Teacher Development: Learner Autonomy and Intercultural Competence PETERLANG Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften Bibliographic Information published by die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at . ISSN 1437-3157 ISBN-lO: 3-631-55806-6 ISBN-13:978-3-631-55806-5 US-ISBN 0-8204-8732-5 © Peter Lang GmbH Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2007 All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, w ithout the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. Printed in Germany 1 2 4 5 6 7

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