Tracking the stability and change of volition of foreign language learners

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Wen-Ta Tseng
Cite this article:  Tseng, W. (2009). Tracking the stability and change of volition of foreign language learners. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 37(10), 1405-1418.


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The aim in this study was to examine the role of self-regulation as volition in English vocabulary learning on EFL learners. A discussion of diverse theories of self-regulation showed that volition appeared to be the core element of the construct of self-regulation. Nevertheless, it was noted that the view of volition as aptitude in vocabulary learning had not yet been empirically tested, thus in this study a 10-month prospective longitudinal design was adopted to collect data at several different time points. A First-Order Autoregressive Model and a Latent Growth Curve Model were formulated respectively to track the stability and change of volition. Results showed that the latter had better fit than the former.

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