Cluster analysis on Chinese university students’ conceptions of English language learning and their online self-regulation

  • Jing Tao University of International Business and Economics;Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications;
  • Chunping Zheng Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
  • Zhihong Lu Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
  • Jyh-Chong Liang National Taiwan Normal University
  • Chin-Chung Tsai National Taiwan Normal University
Keywords: Conception of Learning, Conceptions of English Learning, Self-regulation, Online Self-regulation, Cluster Analysis

Abstract

This study investigated learners’ conceptions of learning English and their online self-regulation in a web-based learning environment among. Two questionnaires, Conceptions of Learning English (COLE) and Online Self-regulation of English Learning (OSEL) were administered to 843 university students in China. Based on their different conceptions of learning English, participants were clustered into four groups. Two groups of students considered the process of learning English as understanding and seeing in a new way or being test-oriented. Another two groups consisted of students with high commitment to or low engagement in learning English. The results of ANOVA analysis and Scheffé’s test revealed significant differences among the profiled participants in four groups. Students who considered learning English as understanding and seeing in a new way tended to have the strongest online self-regulatory competence. However, students who were test-oriented reported poorly in all aspects of online self-regulation. Our findings echoed previous studies on the relationship between conceptions of learning English and online self-regulation, particularly the negative association between learners’ test-oriented conceptions of learning English and their online self-regulation. This research enables us to better understand English language learners in China, particularly in the era of information technology.

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Author Biographies

Jing Tao, University of International Business and Economics;Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications;

(1. Ph.D. candidate of School of International Studies, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing 100029, China;
2. Lecture of School of Humanities, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China)

Chunping Zheng, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
associate professor of School of Humanities, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, 100876, China
Zhihong Lu, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
professor of School of Humanities, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, 100876, China
Published
2020-01-01
How to Cite
Tao, J., Zheng, C., Lu, Z., Liang, J.-C., & Tsai, C.-C. (2020). Cluster analysis on Chinese university students’ conceptions of English language learning and their online self-regulation. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 36(2), 105-119. https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.4844
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