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ERIC Number: EJ838673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Motivation in Learning a Second Language: Exploring the Contributions of Family and Classroom Processes
Tam, Frank Wai-ming
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v55 n1 p73-91 Spr 2009
This study looks at how family and classroom factors influence second-language learning at the junior secondary level in schools in Hong Kong. It employed an ecological perspective to look at how family-level factors and classroom-level factors uniquely combine to influence students' learning motivations in second-language learning. Nineteen secondary schools with over 2,200 secondary 1 and 2 students and their family members participated in the cross-sectional survey used for the research. Findings suggest that both teachers' instructional behaviors and peer victimization norms in the classroom play a moderating role in the association between family processes and students' motivation to learn English. It is suggested that the result of this research has important implications for home-school relations in Hong Kong as well as the restructuring of the school process to create a more supportive and nurturing environment for learning and teaching.
University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. 845 Education Centre South, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong