Daeryong Seo and Husein Taherbhai examined beliefs among Asian English Learners in an effort to better understand their academic motivations. His study was the recipient of CERA’s Annual Outstanding Paper Competition. Read a summary of his paper below and consider the question: What makes you tick as a learner?
This study examined competence-related beliefs and task values among high school Asian population groups (i.e., Native English speakers, Former-English Learners, and Present-ELs), and between the Asian and Non-Asian groups in their math and science performance. The results of current study indicated that Present-EL Asians performed better than Former- and Present-EL Non-Asians and equally well compared to native English-speaking Non-Asians in math achievement test.