Future University Hakodate Academic Archive >
Faculty and Students >
Center for Meta Learning >
Damian Rivers >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10445/7716

Title: The Role of Japanese National Identification in English as a Foreign Language Learner Motivation: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach
Authors: Rivers, Damian
Abstract: For over a century, Japan has toiled with issues of national identity and global positioning. Due to the ongoing processes of globalisation and internationalisation, issues of national identity are still very much at the forefront of various Japanese discourses, many of which are often positioned in relation to the protection and maintenance of an idealized Japanese national-self when confronted by the English language and English language speakers. The current study concerns an exploration of the role of four attitudinal facets of Japanese national identification (Commitment to National Heritage, Nationalism, Patriotism, and Internationalism) within an initial sample of 1123 Japanese university students in relation to English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learner motivation. The study is situated within a learning context that promotes extensive intercultural contact opportunities with ‘native- English speakers’. With a quantitative foundation, data was obtained from a single 35-item survey instrument and analyzed using structural equation modeling (SEM) techniques. The data indicate that when an intercultural dimension is used to mediate EFL learner motivation, as it quite often does within the Japanese context through institutional reliance on ‘native- English speaker’ teachers, the role of the attitudinal facets of Japanese national identification is significant. However, when the role of the attitudinal facets of Japanese national identification is assessed more directly, focusing instead upon the contextual components of EFL learner motivation, then the impact of Japanese national identification is severely restricted except for the facet of ‘Internationalism’ which remains significant. Through a series of tested SEM models, a variety of other interactions and outcomes are further elaborated upon and discussed with a focus on highlighting the need for motivational research within the Japanese EFL context to consider national identification as a core component in the development and assessment of language learning attitudes and behaviours.
Research Achievement Classification: 学位論文/Thesis or Dissertation
Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Peer Review: あり/yes
Solo/Joint Author(s): 単著/solo
Date: 21-May-2011
Publisher: University of Leicester, School of Education
Appears in Collections:Damian Rivers

Files in This Item:

There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.


DSpace Software Copyright © 2002-2010  Duraspace