This landmark volume offers a collection of conceptual papers and empirical research studies that investigate the dynamics of language learning motivation from a complex dynamic systems perspective. The contributors include some of the most well-established scholars from three continents, all addressing the question of how we can understand motivation if we perceive it as continuously changing and evolving rather than as a fixed learner trait. The data-based studies also provide useful research models and templates for graduate students and scholars in the fields of applied linguistics and SLA who are interested in engaging with the intriguing area of examining language learning in a dynamic vein.
Zoltan Doernyei is Professor of Psycholinguistics at the School of English, University of Nottingham. He has published widely on various aspects of second language acquisition and language learning motivation including Motivation, Language Identity and the L2 Self (2009, edited with Ema Ushioda).Peter D. MacIntyre is Professor of Psychology at Cape Breton University, Canada. He has published widely in the areas of the psychology of communication, motivation, emotion, willingness to communicate, language acquisition and dynamic systems.Alastair Henry teaches at University West, Sweden and has a PhD in Language Education from the University of Gothenburg. His research focuses on motivation in third language learning and gender differences in L2 motivation.
John Schumann: Foreword 1. Zoltan Doernyei, Peter D. MacIntyre and Alastair Henry: Introduction: Applying Complex Dynamic Systems Principles to Empirical Research on L2 Motivation Part I: Conceptual Summaries 2. Diane Larsen-Freeman: Ten `Lessons' from Complex Dynamic Systems Theory: What is on Offer 3. Phil Hiver: Attractor States 4. Kees de Bot: Rates of Change: Timescales in Second Language Development 5. Marjolijn Verspoor: Initial Conditions 6. Ema Ushioda: Context and Complex Dynamic Systems Theory 7. Ali Al-Hoorie: Human Agency: Does the Beach Ball Have Free Will? 8. Sarah Mercer: Social Network Analysis and Complex Dynamic Systems 9. Alastair Henry: The Dynamics of Possible Selves 10. Zoltan Doernyei, Zana Ibrahim and Christine Muir: `Directed Motivational Currents': Regulating Complex Dynamic Systems through Motivational Surges Part II: Empirical Studies 11. Peter D. MacIntyre and Alicia Serroul: Motivation on a Per-Second Timescale: Examining Approach-Avoidance Motivation During L2 Task Performance 12. Sarah Mercer: Dynamics of the Self: A Multilevel Nested Systems Approach 13. Katalin Piniel and Kata Csizer: Changes in Motivation, Anxiety and Self-Efficacy during the Course of an Academic Writing Seminar 14. Frea Waninge: Motivation, Emotion and Cognition: Attractor States in the Classroom 15. Phil Hiver: Once Burned, Twice Shy: The Dynamic Development of System Immunity in Teachers 16. Letty Chan, Zoltan Doernyei and Alastair Henry: Learner Archetypes and Signature Dynamics in the Language Classroom: A Retrodictive Qualitative Modelling Approach to Studying L2 Motivation 17. Tammy Gregersen and Peter D. MacIntyre: "I Can See a Little Bit of You on Myself": A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Inner Dialogue Between Teacher and Learner Selves 18. Tomoko Yashima and Kumiko Arano: Understanding EFL Learners' Motivational Dynamics: A Three-Level Model from a Dynamic Systems and Sociocultural Perspective 19. Alastair Henry: The Dynamics of L3 Motivation: A Longitudinal Interview/Observation-Based Study 20. Kay Irie and Stephen Ryan: Study Abroad and the Dynamics of Change in Learner L2 Self-Concept 21. Ryo Nitta and Kyoko Baba: Self-Regulation in the Evolution of the Ideal L2 Self: A Complex Dynamic Systems Approach to the L2 Motivational Self System 22. Chenjing (Julia) You and Letty Chan: The Dynamics of L2 Imagery in Future Motivational Self-Guides 23. Peter D. MacIntyre, Zoltan Doernyei and Alastair Henry: Conclusion: Hot Enough to be Cool: The Promise of Dynamic Systems Research