Investigating Malaysian distance learners’ perceptions of their English proficiency courses

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The paper describes a study that investigated Malaysian distance learners’ perceptions of their English proficiency courses. The approach used in this study was primarily a quantitative approach based on questionnaires, with a qualitative component based on semi-structured interviews included to add depth and scope to the study. The questionnaires used were adapted from Entwistle and Ramsden’s Course Perception Questionnaire. ANOVA and factor analysis were used for analysing the questionnaire data. The interview data were analysed qualitatively by identifying main themes and patterns. While the analysis of the questionnaires and the interview data generated roughly comparable results, there were some interesting differences. The main difference was that the interviews demonstrated that the majority of the 13 distance learners interviewed would prefer more support and guidance rather than greater freedom as evident in the questionnaire data. The results of the interviews provide a useful supplement to the quantitative data and give us a better understanding of the factors that influence learners within a distance learning environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-256
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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Distance education
Factor analysis
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interviews
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factor analysis
learning
analysis of variance

Keywords

  • Distance language learning
  • Distance learning
  • Learner autonomy
  • Malaysian distance learners
  • Perceptions of courses
  • Teaching of ESL

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  • Pollution
  • Plant Science

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Investigating Malaysian distance learners’ perceptions of their English proficiency courses. / Thang, Siew Ming.

In: International Journal of Phytoremediation, Vol. 20, No. 3, 01.01.2005, p. 243-256.

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