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The Anatomy of Directed Motivational Currents: Exploring Intense and Enduring Periods of L2 Motivation
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7789-9032
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. (BUV)
University of Nottingham, School of English, University Park, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
2015 (English)In: The Modern language journal, ISSN 0026-7902, E-ISSN 1540-4781, Vol. 99, no 2, 329-345 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In a series of articles Dörnyei and his colleagues (Dörnyei, Ibrahim, & Muir, 2015; Dörnyei, Muir, & Ibrahim, 2014; Muir & Dörnyei, 2013) describe the phenomenon of a period of intense and enduring motivation in pursuit of a highly desired personal goal or vision. These surges of motivational energy, which they call Directed Motivational Currents (DMCs), uniquely differ from other types of highly motivated behaviour or optimal forms of engagement that are to be found in the literature in the sense that individual learning activities form integrated parts of a coherent motivational superstructure. The current article offers the first systematic empirical investigation of this motivational phenomenon. Focusing on periods of unusually intense and enduring motivation experienced by migrant learners of Swedish as a second language, the purpose of this interview-based study is to consider whether core characteristics of DMCs can be identified in participants’ descriptions of sustained motivated behaviour, thereby considering the validity of the DMC construct. Results reveal that motivated behaviour is characterised by features similar to those outlined by Dörnyei and colleagues, namely the presence of a salient facilitative structure, the generation of positive emotionality, and the direction of motivated behaviour toward long-term identity investment goals. This indicates that the DMC construct captures a unique form of motivation worthy of future investigation.

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2015. Vol. 99, no 2, 329-345 p.
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Motivation, Directed Motivational Currents, goals, vision, behavioural routines, positive emotionality
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Languages and Literature
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HUMANITIES, English; Child and Youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7864DOI: 10.1111/modl.12214ISI: 00358691800007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84937826867OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7864DiVA: diva2:845377
Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2017-12-18Bibliographically approved

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