Book Projects

Since 1993 when the Learner Development SIG was founded, it has grown from a small group of people who more or less knew each other to a complex network with multiple goals, different projects, and many nodes of activity – in conferences, forums, local get-togethers, and book projects.

The SIG published its first book, Autonomy You Ask! (2003) in the early 2000s, followed by More Autonomy You Ask! (2006). Six years later Realizing Autonomy: Practice and Reflection in Language Education Contexts (2012) was published, the first book project of the Learner Development SIG to be produced by an international publisher. More recently the SIG released its first e-book, Collaborative Learning in Learner Development (CLiLD) (2014), as well as a web-based book, Learner Development Working Papers (2014/16).

A great number of SIG members have taken part in these book projects, nurturing together a lively commitment to theorisation from practice, as well as an experimental, reflective approach to their shared teacher learning.

If you are interested in taking part in a Learner Development SIG book project, please feel free to discuss your ideas with other SIG members, including people on the committee. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Autonomy You Ask!

Published in 2003, and edited by Andy Barfield and Mike Nix, Autonomy You Ask! was the LD SIG’s first anthology of writing exploring learner and teacher autonomy within Japanese contexts…


Following the success of Autonomy You Ask! (2003), another group of Learner Development SIG members came together for a second book project, which was led by Eric M. Skier and Miki Kohyama.


Realizing Autonomy: Practice and Reflection in Language Education Contexts was the first complete book project of the Learner Development SIG to be published by an international publisher.

Collaborative Learning in Learner Development

“CLiLD” presents 12 chapters, comprising reviews of the field, dialogue, action research and reflections, which together offer a multifaceted and critical new look at the widely held assumption that people learn best in groups.

Learner Development Working Papers

Different Cases, Different Interests (Editors: Andy Barfield and Aiko Minematsu) was published online in December 2014. A small print run of 100 copies was completed in September 2016, and currently a few copies are kept by the SIG for display and archive purposes.