Beyond beliefs

psycho-cognitive, sociocultural and emergent ecological approaches to learner perceptions in foreign language acquisition

Eva Bernat

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Abstract

Perceptions and beliefs play a significant role in directing human behaviour. In the SLA field almost two decades of research has revealed how students’ beliefs have the potential to shape their cognitive and affective processes in the classroom and impact on their actions. Various ideologically and methodologically diverse studies have shed light on the phenomenon, however, these have mostly been conducted from only one ontological perspective and one research paradigm limiting their potential. This paper attempts to characterize some of the dimensions of the major perspectives in SLA research, and in particular language learner beliefs studies, and show how both have followed parallel paths. The paper also argues for a pluralist sociocognitive framework which would provide a more holistic view in the area of language learner beliefs research and the SLA field in general.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-27
Number of pages21
JournalAsian EFL Journal
Volume10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • epistemological perspectives
  • research paradigms
  • perspectives in SLA research

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