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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 IV Individual DMC cases – an in-depth analysis

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Having completed the quantitative part of the project that yielded promising evidence to account for the hypothesis that self-efficacy may be indeed a valid predictor of the occurrence of the DMC phenomenon, the present chapter will focus on further exploration of individual DMC cases that emerged in the earlier part of the present research endeavour. More specifically, the motivational drives of the study participants will be scrutinised through direct interview protocol, in the hope of expanding on the role of personal agency in triggering motivational surges of high intensity. This knowledge could then be further employed in the creation of an intervention framework facilitating achievement in the foreign language classroom.

4.1. Introduction

In stark contrast to the inquiry into self-efficacy, directed motivational current is a rather novel conceptualisation. This fact somewhat dictates the nature of the construct’s empirical validation; whereas the theoretical background behind personal agency is now firmly-established and the research into Bandura’s notion is more closely focused on scrutinising the impact of self-efficacy on various realms of human existence, the investigation into the empirical potential of a DMC is still at its early stages and is most typically concerned with an in-depth exploration of the phenomenon as well as developing an understanding of different facets of the conceptualisation so that the construct may be better deployed as a practical tool in shaping motivational interventions. Remembering the prior theoretical discussion, one may observe that some effort has been devoted to investigating the structural...

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