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With regard to the specific behavioural domain they concern, reductionist models are able to achieve increased precision in explaining the interrelationship of the constituents, and the components can also be operationalised to allow for the empirical testing of the model. The core of the problem is that if we take a situated and process-oriented perspec- tive of SLA, we cannot fail to realise that the various learner attributes display a considerable amount of variation from time to time and from situation to situation – in the way as we have argued in previous chap- ters motivation also does.

Dating back tothey published a series of studies investi- gating attitudes and motivation in L2 learning and their impact on L2 achievement, culminating in a seminal publication in that was to shape L2 motivation theory and research for the next two decades.

At a macro level, this component coincides with instrumentality; at the level of the learning situation, it refers to the extent to which the classroom instruction and course content are seen to be conducive to achieving the goal, that is, to mastering the L2. Teachers influence student motivation in many ways: It is realistic, however, to expect and help your students to experience classroom activities as meaningful and worthwhile, and to try to get the intended learning benefits from them.

Proponents of such dynamic approaches donryei e. Clement and Noels The field of enquiry has been strongly influenced by the work of Bandura,who explained human function- ing in terms of a dynamic triadic interaction between personal factors cognition and affectbehaviour and environment.

Graham and Hudley, ; Grant and Dweck, ; van Laar,or from particular socioeconomic groups e. The integrative motive is a composite construct made up of three main components see Figure 3.


Teaching And Researching Motivation

In this respect, theories of motivation will always remain constrained to the extent to which they draw on linear models to explain relationships between particular cognitive, affective and contextual variables.

Gardner and Lambert reasoned that cognitive factors and the availability of learning opportunities were insufficient explanations for individual variability in L2 achievement, and speculated that motivation had a significant causal role. In an empirical study, Okada et al. Brown, ; Julkunen, ; Skehan,and led to the publication in of a seminal article by Crookes and Schmidt critiquing the social psychological tradition and calling for the motivation research agenda to be reopened.

Future self-guides Although earlier in this chapter in Section 4. An important point to note is that although the ideal and ought selves are similar to each other in that they are both related to the attainment of a desired end-state, Higgins emphasises that the predilections associated with the two different types of future selves are motivationally distinct from each other: Motivation, that is, effort, desire, and attitude towards learning.

Educational psychologists have long recognised that various family characteristics and practices are linked with school achievement for a comparative review of American and East Asian parenting, see Pomerantz et ah,and one of the central mediators between fam- ily and school is generally thought to be motivation Gottfried et ah, Let us start our exploration by surveying some of the most important dimensions of the motivational palette.

Finally, the concept wove together our mutual interests in social psychology, social work, and clin- ical psychology. We shall see in later chapters how current theoretical approaches are rising to this challenge.

rssearching Let us take a brief look at these factors one by one. The main motivational influences during this phase are likely to be various goal properties e.

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Relevance dornyyei to the extent to which the student feels that the instruction is connected to important personal needs, values, or goals. From there, readers can explore a range of practical applications of research into those issues and ques- tions, and then take up the challenge of undertaking their own research, guided by the detailed and explicit research guides provided.


We now turn to examine this major current dimension of motivation theory.

Extrinsic motivation has traditionally been seen as something that can undermine intrinsic motivation: In short, the process model of L2 motivation cannot do justice to the dynamic and situated complexity of the learning process or the multiple goals and agendas shaping learner behaviour.

If we avoid motivwtion temptation to throw out the baby with the bathwater, the future of language learning motivation research looks very interesting indeed.

This increased focus on situational factors affect- ing motivation and language learning and use reflected a general tran- sition to more situated perspectives on Researcging motivation during the s, and it is to this next phase that we now turn. Here we will briefly indicate the main lines of enquiry that have been developed to investigate the temporal dimension of L2 motivation.

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She uses the term identity to reference how a person understands his or her relationship to the world, how that relationship is constructed across time and space, and how the person understands possibilities for the future.

This means that there is a pressure to internalise our ought selves to some extent, resulting in various degrees of integration.

Because of the integrated functioning of such diverse components, we would suggest that this motivation-cognition-emotion amalgam can be seen as the ultimate motivational conglomerate. This variation influences the motivation of both teachers and stu- dents in a fundamental way.

Inevitably, attempting to capture and integrate these complexities in a coherent conceptual framework brings the challenge of motivational theorising to a whole new level cf. In relation to motivation, the analysis of cultural and societal influences has usually focused on the motivational characteristics of students from particular ethnic groups e.

This dynamic conception requires a new approach to examining motivated behavioural trajectories. Teaching and Researching Motivation.