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Energising Directed Motivational Currents through Learners’ Agency

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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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CHAPTER III Facilitating a DMC occurrence through self-efficacy beliefs

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In the following chapter, the focus will remain on describing and discussing the outcomes of the quantitative analysis conducted for the purpose of the research project, with the primary objective of exploring the possibility of convergence between self-efficacy and the rate at which motivational surges occur. The results yielded by the instruments employed will be first discussed individually, with particular attention paid to the incidental variables such as the age and gender of the participants and, then, in combination, seeking to validate the assumed interrelatedness between personal agency and the DMC phenomenon. In the final parts of the chapter, specific conclusions stemming from the analysis are provided.

3.1. Research design – description

Having outlined the theoretical underpinnings behind the two concepts essential for the study, the investigation shall now turn to a more analytical frame. That is, the fundamental objective of the present inquiry was to corroborate the validity of the claim that there exists a correlation between well-anchored agency beliefs and the occurrence of the DMC phenomenon and, in consequence, personal agency may be viewed as a robust predictor of the rate at which motivational surges come into being. On the basis of the theoretical discussion, one can observe that there has been some recent effort to operationalise the novel notion put forward by Dörnyei and his colleagues at the level of a foreign language classroom (Ghanizadeh and Jahedizadeh 2017; Pietluch 2018a). At the other end of the spectrum, there has been a...

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