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A Linguistic Approach to Agency: A Mixed Methods Study of Adult Secondary Learners

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dc.contributor.advisor Sheridan, Kimberly M
dc.contributor.author Konopasky, Abigail Wildman
dc.creator Konopasky, Abigail Wildman
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-29T01:14:57Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-29T01:14:57Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/10573
dc.description.abstract The purposes of this linguistic analysis of agency in adult secondary learners are to use functional linguistics to develop a diagnostic tool to analyze narratives for agency and to investigate adult secondary learners’ agency experiences with discourse analysis. A feeling of agency—a capacity to produce effects (Kaptelinin & Nardi, 2006)—is critical in academic domains, where feelings of low agency can lead to poor performance and dropout. Related concepts like self-efficacy and perceived control are often assessed via survey, which may not assess cultural difference and may be predictable from the measure’s wording, unlike the narrative accounts proposed here. Moreover, agency may be particularly important in adult secondary education, where learners face high barriers to completion.
dc.format.extent 290 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Abigail Wildman Konopasky
dc.subject Educational psychology en_US
dc.subject Adult Education en_US
dc.subject Agency en_US
dc.subject Linguistics en_US
dc.subject Mixed Methods en_US
dc.subject Narrative en_US
dc.title A Linguistic Approach to Agency: A Mixed Methods Study of Adult Secondary Learners
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Educational Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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