||Motivational profiles of Japanese university learners of English : a longitudinal study
MORITANI, Hiroshi ,
MANNING, Craig Hiroshi, MORITANI ,
総合政策論叢 = Shimane journal of policy studies
53 , 2017-03-13 , 島根県立大学総合政策学会
This paper presents the findings of a follow-up survey on English learning motivation for firstyear university students majoring in Policy Studies in rural Japan (N=194). It also depicts the changes in motivation, and the factors underpinning English learning motivation, before and after one year of study at university. The participants’ changes are reported in relation to the five groups reported in Moritani and Manning (2016) as well as the overall motivational changes. The findings suggest that more motivated participants at the beginning of the course decreased their motivation, while relatively less motivated students maintained their previous levels. Some motivational variables shifted toward a central standard for all participants. The authors argue that students may be subconsciously adjusting to meet a community standard, not only as learners of English, but also as university students.