Fri, September 07, 2:45 pm
Short paper (30 minutes)
Marcel Van Amelsvoort (Juntendo University)
This presentation will describe and analyze student attitudes toward compulsory autonomous learning (AL) activities at a mid-tier liberal arts program in Japan, where students often fail to comply with program requirements for mandatory AL. Students choose short-term enjoyment over future skill and career development behaviors for many reasons, including a fundamental belief that such careers are ultimately beyond their reach, and past lack of success, which has led them to doubt their own efficacy. This presentation will describe program features essential for overcoming these cultural and motivational challenges, among them the important role that teachers have to play.