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Investigation of Chinese university studentsí attributions of English language learning


Lu, J and Woodcock, S and Jiang, H, Investigation of Chinese university students' attributions of English language learning, SAGE Open, 4, (4) pp. 1-15. ISSN 2158-2440 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/2158244014562391


Despite the importance of developing studentsí learning autonomy in Chinese schools similar to Western cultured schools, many concerns are raised regarding the influence and effectiveness that learner autonomy has on studentsí academic achievements. The aim of this study was to identify the attribution patterns of Chinese university students for success and failure toward students who learnt through autonomy learning (student-centered approaches) compared with students who learnt through teacher-centered approaches. Within this study, mixed research methods were adopted, and students used a reflective method to distinguish whether they were taught English through a traditional or student-centered method. The findings of the study reveal that there are no significant differences in attributional patterns between students who had learnt in high school through autonomous learning and those who learnt through teacher-centered approaches. The findings have implications for policy and practice in the Chinese Ministry of Education system and recommendations for future research.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:language teaching and learning, teacher education and curriculum
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lu, J (Ms Jinjin Lu)
ID Code:119377
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-07-31
Last Modified:2017-08-28
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