Gopel, P. and Mori, Setsuko and Thang, Siew Ming and Kan, Ngat Har and Lee, Kean Wah (2011) The impact of culture on student attributions for performance: A comparative study of three groups of EFL/ESL learners. Journal of Institutional Research South East Asia, 9 (1). pp. 27-43. ISSN 1675-6061
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This paper describes a cross-cultural comparative study concerned with learners' attributions for success and failure in learning English as a foreign/second language. The study investigated perceived reasons for doing well or poorly on actual language learning tasks under a variety of teaching conditions, looking at how learners judge their successes and failures, and their range of attributions. Using a set of questionnaires, 355 Thai first-year university students, 350 Japanese first-year university students and 298 Malaysian first-year university students were asked to what they attributed their success or failure in chosen tasks. The results of the questionnaire uncovered striking similarities across the three groups, indicating a lack of the self-enhancement/self-protective bias proposed in previous (Western) studies, and suggesting a possible attributional cultural bias that extends to a number of Asian cultures. If this bias does indeed exist, the study suggests that it should be taken into consideration when considering language teaching methodology and the learning environment.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Attribution theory, Culture, EF, ESL, Motivation|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)|
|Divisions:||SCHOOL > School of Education and Social Development|
|Deposited By:||IR Admin|
|Deposited On:||11 Oct 2012 17:20|
|Last Modified:||16 Feb 2015 12:37|
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