Beyond Beliefs: Psycho-cognitive, Sociocultural and Emergent Ecological Approaches to Learner Perceptions in Foreign Language Acquisition

| September 26, 2008
Title
Beyond Beliefs: Psycho-cognitive, Sociocultural and Emergent Ecological Approaches to Learner Perceptions in Foreign Language Acquisition

Keywords: epistemological perspectives, research paradigms, perspectives in SLA research

Authors
Eva Bernat
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Bio Data
Dr. Eva Bernat has been involved in the field of TESOL for over 15 years. She is currently a part-time lecturer and researcher in the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Sydney. Eva has published widely on the role of metacognition and affect in language acquisition and pedagogy, and serves as an Associate Editor and Editorial Board member on a number of international scholarly journals, including the Asian EFL Journal.

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

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 10 Issue 3