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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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APPENDIX 3 DMC Disposition Questionnaire

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Understanding long-term motivation

As we are currently carrying out research into long-term motivation, we would be very grateful if you could help us by answering a few questions.

The survey should not take more than 15 minutes, and your answers will be invaluable in helping us to understand why and how people engage in long-term projects. The information will be used to help us learn more about how we can better support students to succeed in their studies.

We find accounts on the Internet of people being totally absorbed in VERY INTENSE PROJECTS which motivate them for weeks or even months at a time.

These people say things like:

– “I think about this project day and night – I feel like it’s taken over my life!”

– “I’m amazed I’ve been able to stay so focused for so long, I’m so enjoying it that putting in all the work feels easy!”

– “I never thought I could achieve so much!”

– “My friends can definitely see that something special is happening to me, they say they’ve never seen me so motivated!”

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