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A Study on L2 Motivation and Applications in Reading Class in Senior High School  [cached]
Zan Mao
Theory and Practice in Language Studies , 2011, DOI: 10.4304/tpls.1.12.1731-1739
Abstract: Foreign language acquisition is a complicated process, which involved various factors. The personality factors, especially non-intelligence factors, such as motivation, attitude, character, etc. are the most direct and important ones. Among them, apparently, motivation is the key to learning. This thesis extends the previous studies, trying to have a basic understanding of Chinese senior high school students’ reasons for learning English and their efforts paid in this learning process. This study was carried out among 96 students in grade 2 in Zhenjiang NO.1 middle school. A language learning motivation questionnaire was constructed based on Gardner (1985) to examine students’ responses on 9 items. The results of the study show that students hold stronger instrumental reasons towards English learning, which is similar with the traditional view that instrumental motivation is more characteristic of EFL learners. However, instrumental motivation causes no effect on students’ motivational intensity. The findings shed some lights on the teaching practice, especially on the reading class. One thing to emerge meaningfully from this study is that the combination of integrative motivation and instrumental motivation may exert a greater influence on reading class improvement; English teachers shall take some effective applications to arouse students’ motivation in reading class and help them develop integrative motivation towards English learning.
Analysis of the motivation, attitude and participation in extracurricular physical activity
José Arturo Abraldes Valeiras,Francisco M. Argudo Iturriaga
Retos : Nuevas Perspectivas de Educación Física, Deporte y Recreación , 2009,
Abstract: The current essay tries to evaluate the effect of the styles of teaching about participation and motivation among the students of Physical Education in the third year of secondary education. A quasi-experimental design was carried out in a group of 30 students, and it was divided into two subgroups, A and B, of 15 students, to which it will be applied the traditional teaching style (of direct lead character) to the subgroup A, and a style that will promote the participation of the subgroup B. The experimental essay covered a total of 9 practical sessions of Physical Education in a school of secondary education. An attitude questionnaire towards physical activity was done before starting and finishing the educational unit of games and sports, to value if any kind of modification was produced in the behaviour of the students; and a satisfaction-motivation questionnaire at the end of each section of sessions. Variables subject of the study will be: traditional teaching style of direct lead and styles that help to socialization, motivation, participation, attitude and satisfaction.
The Effects of Problem Solving Strategies on Students’ Achievement, Attitude and Motivation
G?k, T.,S?lay, ?.
Latin-American Journal of Physics Education , 2010,
Abstract: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of teaching of the problem solving strategies on the students’ physicsachievement, strategy level, attitude, and achievement motivation. Experimental procedures were conducted on thetenth grade students in Turkey. Research data were collected with Physics Achievement Test, Surveys of ProblemSolving Strategies, Problem Solving Attitude, and Achievement Motivation, and problem solving worksheets. Duringthis study, problem solving strategies were applied to the experimental group by the cooperative learning method andto the control group by conventional teaching. The averages of the experimental group’s achievement, motivation,strategy level, and attitude were found to be higher than control group’s. According to the experimental data, genderdidn’t effect the physics achievement of students. It was concluded that problem solving strategies was more effectivein cooperative learning than conventional teaching.
Interactional Feedback and the Impact of Attitude and Motivation on Noticing L2 Form  [cached]
Mohammad Amin Bassiri
English Language and Literature Studies , 2011, DOI: 10.5539/ells.v1n2p61
Abstract: A number of second language (L2) studies have recently discovered the positive impacts of interactional feedback (IF) in L2 development by connecting the underlying processes such as noticing. The current study followed a two-fold purpose: first to examine the impact of IF on noticing question forms in Iranian L2 classroom context and secondly to investigate the possible effects of motivation and attitude on noting IF. IF was provided to experimental group learners in response to their production problems with question forms. Learners’ noticing was assessed through on-line learning journals, introspective comments while checking with audiotapes, and questionnaire responses. Learners’ motivation was also assessed using Gardner’s (1996) attitude/motivation test. The results point to a positive relationship between IF in the classroom and the learners’ reports about question forms of English. The results also confirmed the existence of a positive correlation between motivation and noticing.
Motivation and Attitude in Learning English among UiTM Students in the Northern Region of Malaysia
Samsiah Bidin,Kamaruzaman Jusoff,Nurazila Abdul Aziz,Musdiana Mohamad Salleh
English Language Teaching , 2009, DOI: 10.5539/elt.v2n2p16
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to describe the relationship between the students’ motivation and attitude and their English Language performance. The subjects were the part two students from three UiTM campuses in the Northern Region. The research tool used was in the form of a questionnaire. The mean scores analysis of the motivation and performance revealed that the students were more extrinsically than intrinsically motivated when learning English. However, the one-way ANOVA test showed that there is no significant difference. To test the students’ attitudes and their performance, the Spearman Rho Rank-Order Correlation Coefficient was used and the analysis revealed a significant correlation between attitude and achievement. The one-way ANOVA also showed that there is a significant difference. The mean scores was used to find out whether there is any difference between the respondents of different gender and their attitude in learning English. The results showed the existence of significant difference.
The students’ attitude and behaviors towards cheating motivation during higher education  [cached]
Yavuz Topcu,Ahmet Semih Uzundumlu
International Journal of Human Sciences , 2011,
Abstract: In higher education, cheating has appeared as an important problem. It has increasingly led to the inaccurate results obtained from the measurements related to the students’ knowledge and skill gains and to the significant deviations to reach to the objectives of the education strategies to be implicated. The aim of the study is to determine the students’ attitude and behaviors related to their cheating motivations at Faculty of Agriculture, Ataturk University. The results of the study showed that positivist approach, unfair competition effects on the students’ success and the external negative motivation sources were the most important factors preventing their cheating motivation. On the other hand, the results also showed that the most factors stimulating cheating motivation were the external and internal positive motivation, not suitable of exam type, appropriateness of the physical facilities and the exam organizers’ illegal attitude and behaviors. Positive motivation sources could be drawn up by regulations and statutes to create a negative impact by eliminating the most appropriate factors motivating the students to cheat at the exam, and thus it could be made more affective evaluations for their knowledge and skills gains and selected the most appropriate education strategies.
A study on the attitude towards regionalism of college students in relation to social intelligence
Indian Streams Research Journal , 2012,
Abstract: The study was intended to find out the attitude towards regionalism of college students in relation to social intelligence of college students in Cuddalore, Villupuram, Nagapattinam, Thanjore, vellore and Thiruvannamalai Districts of Tamil Nadu, India. Random Sampling Technique was used to compose a sample of 1050 college students Mean, Standard Deviation, t value and r value were calculated for the analysis of data. The result revealed that there is no significant relationship between attitude towards regionalism and social intelligenceof the college students.
Does the Metacognitive Attitude Predict Work Motivation in Italian Teachers?  [PDF]
Paola Magnano, Giuseppe Santisi, Tiziana Ramaci
Open Journal of Social Sciences (JSS) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/jss.2014.212014
Abstract: Motivation to teach is a complex construct; often it is not observed directly but rather inferred from the teachers’ behavioural indexes, such as verbalisations, task choices and goal-directed activities. It is related to what energises, directs and sustains teachers’ behaviour as they move toward accomplishing their goals of student achievement. Metacognitive attitude is considered an interrelated concept to motivation to teach and refers to teachers’ conscious awareness of their thought processes; it is considered as an essential component of the process of teaching for learning. It includes self-regulation (teacher self-regualted are able to transform their mental ability and teaching knowledge into teaching skills in the classroom with their students) and self-efficacy (it refers to teachers’ beliefs about their own values, competencies, and accomplishments). The present study investigates the relation between work motivation and metacognitive attitude in a sample of Italian teachers, working in Primary, Middle and High School. Data analysis showed strong correlation between the two dimensions investigated, giving important suggestions about teachers’ lifelong learning.
Relationships among Strategic Management, Strategic Behaviors, Emotional Intelligence, IT-business Strategic Alignment, Motivation, and Communication Effectiveness  [cached]
Hassan Jorfi,Saeid Jorfi,Hashim Fauzy Bin Yaccob,Ishak Mad Shah
International Journal of Business and Management , 2011, DOI: 10.5539/ijbm.v6n9p30
Abstract: In today's strategic management, motivation in organizations of Iran plays a main role in relationship between emotional intelligence and communication effectiveness. The paper is undertaken to understand the strategic behavior and motivation with relationship between managers’ emotional intelligence and employees to improve communication effectiveness in organizations of Iran. Data (N=123) for this study were collected through questionnaires that participants were managers and employees of educational administrations and Agricultural Bank of Iran. The aim of this paper assesses the emotional intelligence with communication effectiveness and motivation as moderator in educational administrations and Agricultural Bank of Iran. Strategic management plays an important role in strategic behaviors of managers and employees in organizations. Further, on the other hand, strategic management has a positive relationship with strategic alignment and strategic alignment can impact motivation in this study. Effective strategic alignment has a positive effect on the motivation of managers and employees in organizations of Iran. Additionally emotional intelligence influenced by strategic behavior in this relationship. The result of the paper shows a strong correspondence between motivation with the relationship between emotional intelligence and communication effectiveness. Also strategic management has a positive relationship with strategic behavior; on the other hand, relationship with strategic alignment that can influence motivation in educational administrations and Agricultural Bank of Iran.
Examining Pet Attitude in Relationship to Loneliness and Parenthood Motivation in Pet-Owning Adults  [PDF]
Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, Yvonne Wesley, Minnie Campbell
Health (Health) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/health.2014.67078
Abstract: Pets’ growing role in family dynamics creates questions about resources pets may provide in parenthood motivation. Pet ownership has been suggested in the literature as an antecedent to parenthood in terms of developing skills needed to rear offspring, nurturance, and responsibility. Participants (N = 118) who were pet owners, completed an online survey that recorded demographics and consisted of loneliness, pet attitude, and parenthood motivation scales. Results supported that loneliness and pet attitude were positively related to parenthood motivation (all p’s < 0.05). Loneliness and parenthood motivation did not vary by pet species. Pet attitude varied by pet species; dog owners had the most positive attitude. Pets were shown to be a valuable resource in alleviating feelings of loneliness and parenthood preparation in this sample. Implications for nursing practice and future research are discussed.
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