A Correlation Analysis of Taiwanese University Students’ Motivations and Their Motivational Behaviors
Ping-Huang Sheu, Ph.D.

Motivation has an influential role in language teaching and learning, and has been the main focus in many studies, aiming at revealing its effects on students’ learning gains or performance. This study investigated eight components of motivation to see how they related to and predicted students’ motivational behaviors. Participants included 832 students at four universities in Taipei City, Taiwan, and by adopting a questionnaire as the instrument, Pearson correlation and multiple regressions were used for data analysis. The results showed that there was an individual correlation among the study variables, and most variables can significantly contribute to the prediction of students’ motivational behaviors. Finally, the study highlights some instructional implications for enhancing students’ motivation so as to have the greatest impacts on students’ learning and achievements.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jehd.v5n2a16