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High performing students’ attitude towards motivation in English classes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims towards high performing students’ perspective on motivation and how they consistently obtain high grades in English classes. Different characteristics from Skolverket’s study that were common for high performing students along with Reeve’s self-determination theory was used as background research. Qualitative interviews were used to analyse the high performing students’ perception of how they are challenged in English classes and how they motivate themselves. The results show that high performance in English classes is not so much an innate ability, which some are born with, but rather a question of motivation and character.

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2013. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
English language learning, high performers, intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, students’ perspective, Self-determination theory
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Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86957OAI: diva2:600016
2013-01-15, 10:00 (English)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-03-15 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2013-03-15Bibliographically approved

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