The Role of Ambiguity Tolerance in Participation in Online EFL Courses

British Journal of Educational Technology, 44 (6), E207-E208, 2013

Posted: 13 Feb 2015 Last revised: 16 Feb 2015

See all articles by Maryam Tayebinik

Maryam Tayebinik

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Marlia Puteh

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Online courses for teaching and learning English as a foreign language (EFL) are widely accepted in educational settings and have been investigated from various perspectives in order to improve their effectiveness. Yang (2011) established that students’ participation in online learning activities is a key element in successful language learning through CMC. Lee (2005) emphasized that knowledge of students’ personality characteristics can assist teachers and administrators in predicting the students’ performance and hence can facilitate the restructuring of the classroom situation in order to encourage more student participation. One of these significant personality traits/characteristics or individual differences is ambiguity tolerance (AT) and its importance has been highlighted by a number of studies. However, its effect on online EFL participation has not been widely discussed in the literature. The current study, therefore, was intended to investigate the effect of AT on the participation of 120 students in online EFL courses. The analysis revealed that tolerant students were more interested in participating in online EFL courses. In comparison, intolerant students were less likely to take part in these courses.

Keywords: Online course, Participation, Individual difference, Ambiguity tolerance, English as a foreign language, Participation

Suggested Citation

Tayebinik, Maryam and Puteh, Marlia, The Role of Ambiguity Tolerance in Participation in Online EFL Courses (2013). British Journal of Educational Technology, 44 (6), E207-E208, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2563845

Maryam Tayebinik (Contact Author)

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia ( email )

Johor
Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Johor Bahru
Malaysia

Marlia Puteh

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia ( email )

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Semarak
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 54100
Malaysia

HOME PAGE: http://languageacademy.utm.my/marlia

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
432
PlumX Metrics