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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 5 Summaries

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Monika – summary

A highly successful individual who gained her vocational experience in various companies in Rzeszow and Cracow. As a result of her immense expertise, she now holds an executive position in one of the most well-known companies in the airline industry. At the early stages of her career, she was offered an opportunity to run a large-scale training scheme in Spain for the new branch of the company in which she was employed at that time. Although English was the main language of communication within the company, the participant had to acquire a communicative command of Spanish to ensure better interaction with her colleagues in Spain. With the project commencing in a couple of months, the respondent became extremely anxious as to whether she would be capable of mastering her knowledge of Spanish to a sufficient extent in such a short period of time.

The respondent was well aware that participating in the training scheme would be highly beneficial for her career. Initially, the perceived level of task difficulty gave rise to ruminative thoughts and the participant was not at all certain that she would be able to meet the requirements of the task. The respondent decided to join a language course of high intensity which aided her in eradicating the negative emotional arousal. Although the course and self-study consumed the majority of her time outside work, the participant remained focused on the end goal. She wanted to be in constant contact with...

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