In this video by Pearson education we are told that the coursebook package ‘Choices’ fosters Learner Autonomy. Let’s suppose that this is true.
The next question is:
if this is true, what is the mechanism by which it does this?
We are told about an ‘architecture of choice’ but it’s not clear what this means. Surely if you are bringing a set of materials into the classroom – then
you’re already limiting choice.
Moreover, issues such as
who has the power to choose
what determines your choices (class, race, sexuality, gender)
how your ‘choice’ is conditioned by material facts
are not mentioned.
So, while not meaning to criticise the teachers involved in the video but the product, I have a question.
1) How can you foster Learner Autonomy by importing materials that are generic and centrally designed?
Your opinions please.