A Comparative-Correlational Study of Years 4 to 6 and Years 7 to 9 Non- Thai Students’ Motivation and Orientation of Motivation Toward Learning Thai at an International School in Bangkok, Thailand

Authors

  • Sunida Wiriyanusorn M.Ed. Candidate, Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, Assumption University of Thailand.
  • Richard Lynch Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Assumption University, Thailand.

Keywords:

Motivation, Orientation of Motivation, Non-Thai Students, Foreign/Second Language Acquisition, Socio-Educational Model, Attitude/Motivation Test Battery (AMTB), Bangkok, Thailand.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a significant difference between Years 4 to 6 and Years 7 to 9 non-Thai students’ level of motivation toward learning Thai, and to determine if there was a significant association between Years 4 to 6 and Years 7 to 9 non-Thai students’ orientation of motivation toward learning Thai at an international school in Bangkok, Thailand. An adapted version of Gardner’s Attitude/Motivation Test Battery (AMTB) was used to collect data from 29 non-Thai students in Years 4 to 6 and 44 non-Thai students in Years 7 to 9 during the second semester of academic Years 2017 – 2018. Descriptive statistics – means, standard deviations, as well as a t-Test, and Pearson’s chisquared test were used to analyze the data. The findings indicated that both Years 4 to 6 and Years 7 to 9 non-Thai students at the target school had slightly low levels of motivation toward learning Thai and both Years 4 to 6 and Years 7 to 9 non-Thai students’ orientation of motivation was instrumental. Motivation for learning Thai between Years 4 to 6 and Years 7 to 9 non-Thai students was not significantly different, while Years 4 to 6 and Years 7 to 9 non-Thai students’ orientation of motivation was found to be significantly associated. Recommendations for school administrators, teachers, and future researchers are provided.

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Published

2019-06-27