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The second EM involves performing a behaviour as a means to some separable end, such as receiving an extrinsic reward e. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the limitations of linear approaches to motivational theorising are now prompting a new wave of thinking, pushing forward relational and dynamic systems perspectives, against a background of parallel theoretical developments across the broader fields of psychology and second language acquisition e. Individuals with a high need for achievement are interested in excellence for its own sake rather than for the extrinsic rewards it can bringtend to initiate achievement activities, work with heightened intensity at these tasks and persist in the face of fail- ure.

Indeed, group norms, as their name suggests, impose a normative func- tion on group members and because humans are social beings, most of us adhere to some extent to these norms see Dornyei, a.

See also Section 4. She argues that SLA theorists have not developed a comprehensive theory of identity that integrates the language learner and the language learning context. Hoyle and Sherrill argue that possible selves become relevant for behaviour only when they are primed, for ex- ample by various reminders and self-relevant stimuli. Thus, this new version still has a whole chapter addressing motivational strategies and their classroom applications, and we maintained demotivation and teacher motivation as salient issues to cover.

This is very much the direction of contemporary thinking.

Relevance refers to the extent to which the student feels that the instruction is connected to important personal needs, values, or goals. Perhaps a helpful analogy to draw motivatuon is with the well-known Indian fable of the blind men encountering an elephant, each touching a different part of the animal tusk, tail, ear, trunk, belly and ending up with a very different mental representation of the animal.

We shall examine current ressearching in this area in Chapters 2 and 4. The cognitive-situated period during the s – characterised by work drawing on cognitive theories in educational psychology. Then, in the next chapter we review the range of current socio-dynamic perspectives in L2 motivation research.


The final section provides a range of useful resources, including relevant websites, key reference works and tried and tested example questionnaires.

The question, then, for motivational psycholo- gists has been to decide which knots to grab i. The researchers found that instrumental orientation corresponded closely to external extrinsic regulation for the taxonomy of different types of extrinsic motive, see Section 2. Evaluation practices and grouping structures are also likely to influence student motivation in terms of the kinds of learning goal they promote and the extent to which they emphasise normative evaluation Ames, ; Dweck, ; Webb and Palincsar, To this state we have given the name of ‘flow,’ using a term that many respondents used in their interviews to explain what the optimal experience felt like.

If we lift it up by holding dif- ferent knots, very different shapes will emerge, even though the actual net is exactly the same. My argument is that we need to take a relational rather than linear view of these multiple contextual elements, and view motivation as an organic process that emerges through resarching complex sys- tem of interrelations.

In that view, primary emphasis is placed on attitudes and other social psychological aspects of SL learning. Remarkably, however, relatively ersearching research has addressed the process of motivational development over time, either at the micro-level of moment-by-moment experience or the macro-level of long-term experience or life history.

Traditionally, motivation etaching discussed within the framework of indi- vidual differences IDswhich are conceived to be traitlike attributes that mark a person as a distinct and unique human being. From a relational perspect- ive, motivaiton phenomenon of interest e. The role of orientations is to help arouse motivation researchimg direct it towards a set of goals.

It might be helpful for teachers to approach students as if they lived in a state of ambivalence toward learning – experiencing both reasons to approach and reasons to avoid speaking the L2.

The fact that IDs are not independent of contextual and temporal variation considerably undermines the traditional view of IDs as being robust attributes that can be generalised across situations and time, but we also face a further complication: Candlin and David R.

However, instead of conceptualising social context as simply another variable that influences individual motivation, there is also now a growing body of thinking that frames motivation-in-context as a dual individual and social phenomenon, thus integrating motivation and context in anf dynamic and holistic way e.


Teaching and Researching Motivation – Zoltán Dörnyei – Google Books

Here we will briefly indicate the main lines of enquiry that have been developed to investigate the temporal dimension of L2 motivation. Then, in Section 4. This dynamic conception requires a new approach to examining motivated behavioural trajectories. This model offers an important advantage over other potential organising principles, namely comprehensiveness.

Eccles, ; Wigfield and Eccles, These might relate to other academic studies as well as various personal and social goals.

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Vornyei fully revised edition of a groundbreaking work reflects the dramatic changes the field of motivation research has undergone in recent years, including In a moitvation interview study with Irish learners of French Ushioda,; for an overview of the study, see Study 9. As Hickey and Granade point out, this sense of the term is rather different from their concern with how theories of human cognition and learning deriving from Vygotskian sociocultural theory may illuminate current situative perspectives on motivation.

We will then discuss the nature and scope of motivational strategies available to teachers. In her paper, Ushioda suggests that one strategy of motiation may be to sharpen the focus on the micro-analysis of interactional data e. A key question that launched Gardner and Lambert on their empirical quest was: The main motivational influences during the actional phase are likely to be the quality of the learning an, sense of autonomy, social influences teachers, peers, parentsclass- room reward and goal structures, and knowledge and use of self- regulatory strategies.

Teaching And Researching Motivation

These conditions offer a useful framework for developing some practical implications of motivation theory. Although rewards and punishments are too often the only tools present in the motivational arsenal of many teachers, the spectrum of other poten- tially more effective motivational strategies is so broad that it is hard to imagine that none of them would work.

Lepper and Greene, Not surprisingly, perhaps, no single theoretical approach currently dominates contem- porary situative perspectives on motivation, and most researchers working in the area recognise the need instead to adopt multiple levels of analysis and multidimensional theoretical perspectives Volet,