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ERIC Number: EJ945465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Language Learner Self-Concept: Complexity, Continuity and Change
Mercer, Sarah
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v39 n3 p335-346 Sep 2011
This paper aims at contributing to a fuller understanding of the nature and potential dynamism of self-concept in the foreign language learning domain. Data were generated in a single, three-year longitudinal case study using journals and in-depth interviews. The data were then analysed using a Grounded Theory approach in which the analysis attempted to remain close to the data without imposing any preconceived frameworks on them. The findings illustrate how self-concept is perhaps best conceived of as a complex, multilayered, multidimensional network of interrelated self-beliefs. It was shown how self-beliefs can be differently situational in nature and a learner can hold seemingly contradictory self-beliefs. In terms of dynamism, the findings show how this learner's self-beliefs can at once be dynamic and also relatively stable, depending on the types of beliefs and forms of change investigated. The findings are discussed in light of complexity thinking and the potential of conceptualising and researching beliefs, especially self-beliefs, from such a perspective are considered. The article ends by outlining some of the challenges facing future research. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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