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Energising Directed Motivational Currents through Learners’ Agency


Arkadiusz Pietluch

This book attempts to demystify concerns surrounding a novel motivational construct known as a Directed Motivational Current. The study aimed at exploring whether a high sense of efficacy may support a person in transforming short-spanned motivational episodes into longitudinal engagement typical for the DMC framework. To this end, a sequential exploratory mixed methodology was used. Subsequently, a link between well-anchored efficacy beliefs and the rate at which DMCs occur was indeed discovered. This was further reinforced by the outcomes of personalised interviews. Eventually, the research yielded several noteworthy conclusions, including the fact that imbuing the DMC structure with elements of efficacy building may lead to long-term, sustained behaviour in a foreign language classroom.

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First and foremost, with deep gratitude and profound humility, I would like to express my gratefulness to my supervisor and mentor, Professor Agnieszka Uberman, who expertly guided me through my doctoral education. I would never have finished my dissertation had it not been for her unwavering enthusiasm, unflinching support, and immense wisdom. Her encouragement, advice, and constructive criticism have been a source of exceptional inspiration which not only enriched my growth as a student but, more importantly, as a person. I would forever be grateful for instilling in me the qualities of being a good researcher and the unlimited liberty I have been granted while shaping the course of my pursuit. I will benefit from this intellectual nourishment my entire life.

Above ground, I am fully indebted to PhD Magdalena Trinder, whose mentoring has been especially valuable, and her insights and early support launched the greater part of this dissertation. She has always been a significant source of encouragement and instilled in me the spirit of ambition, commitment, and intellectual open-mindedness. Her invaluable friendship has been continually pushing me farther than I thought I could go. Apart from being an exceptional example of academic excellence, Magdalena is a generous, compassionate, and caring person with a kind heart. I owe you a cordial thanks for always having the confidence in me. Your support and friendship have been irreplaceable on both an academic and a personal level.

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