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ERIC Number: EJ988650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Internationalization at Home: Using Learning Motivation to Predict Students' Attitudes toward Teaching in a Foreign Language
Gorges, Julia; Kandler, Christian; Bohner, Gerd
International Journal of Educational Research, v53 p107-116 2012
Fostering foreign language proficiency is an important goal of university teaching. We identified German university students' (N = 1265) goal orientations developed during secondary school as predictors of attitudes toward receiving instruction in English at university. Mastery goal orientation was proposed to "directly" promote positive attitudes because foreign language instruction offers an opportunity to increase language proficiency. Conversely, performance goal orientation was expected to "indirectly" promote positive attitudes via current academic self-concept of ability. Structural equation modeling yielded results consistent with these predictions. Furthermore, when controlling for students' retrospective self-concept, the effects of performance orientations on attitudes toward foreign language instruction disappeared, whereas the effect of mastery orientation remained significant. Results emphasize the importance of mastery orientation for attitudes toward learning opportunities. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany