Cultural Understanding of Controversial Issues in Class and Teacher Credibility: Introducing the Concept of Envolvement

  • Reza Reza Pishghadam Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
  • Hossein Makiabadi Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
  • Mohammad Mohtasham Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Abstract

Given the prominence of initiating and maintaining the discussion of the controversial issues in the second language (L2) classrooms and settings and its probable effects on teacher credibility, the present study intends to explore the relationship between envolvement of the students in the controversial issues and teacher credibility in light of the emotioncy hierarchies (avolvement, exvolvement, and involvement). To this end, a total of 228 undergraduate students of English were asked to take the envolvement of the controversial issues scale (ECIS) along with the teacher credibility questionnaire. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to substantiate the construct validity of the ECIS. Subsequently, structural equation modeling (SEM) was employed to examine whether the sub-constructs of the ECIS have any possible relationships with teacher credibility. The findings demonstrated that students’ avolvement with regard to the controversial issues could bring about teacher credibility, while exvolvement and involvement bear no significant relationship with teacher credibility. Finally, the pedagogical implications of the findings are discussed and some suggestions are made for the future studies within the realm of L2 education and the classroom discussions.

Biografie autore

Reza Reza Pishghadam, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Reza Pishghadam is professor of language education and professor by courtesy of
educational psychology. He is currently a faculty member of Ferdowsi University of
Mashhad, Iran and Editor-In-Chief of International Journal of Society, Culture &
Language (www.ijscl.net). In 2007, he was selected to become a member of National
Association of Elites of Iran. In 2010, he was classified as the Distinguished Researcher
in humanities by the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology of Iran. In 2014, he
also received the Distinguished Professor award from Ferdowsi Academic Foundation,
Iran. In 2017, he was awarded as the Best Professor of Humanities by Ferdowsi
University of Mashhad. In 2013, He proposed a new notion in psychology, labeled as
emotioncy. His current research interests are: emotioncy, intelligence, and cultural
studies. He is the corresponding author for this article.

Hossein Makiabadi, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Hossein Makiabadi is an MA student in TEFL at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. His master’s thesis is on individual differences (IDs) and emotioncy.

Mohammad Mohtasham, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Mohammad Mohtasham is an MA student in TEFL at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.
His research interests include emotions and cultural studies.

Pubblicato
2018-05-26
Come citare
Reza PishghadamReza, Hossein Makiabadi, e Mohammad Mohtasham. 2018. «Cultural Understanding of Controversial Issues in Class and Teacher Credibility: Introducing the Concept of Envolvement». Altre Modernità, n. 19 (maggio), 191-207. https://doi.org/10.13130/2035-7680/10121.
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