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Success: From filure to failure with enthusiasm
Success: From failure to failure with enthusiasm

Author(s): Danuta Gabryś-Barker
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Kalisz
Keywords: teacher enthusiasm; enthusiasm indicators; enthusiasm effectivenes; learner achievement; affectivity; teacher training; pre-service teachers

Summary/Abstract: In this article I would like to look briefly at the background to the concept of enthusiasm, its evolution from earlier understandings in the domain of religion to its modern understandings as expressed by various lexicographic sources. This will lead me to the major focus of the article, which is the various applications of enthusiasm in education. Not surprisingly there is a large body of empirical studies on teacher and learner enthusiasm and its contribution to successful teaching and learning. A selcetion of studies is presented here and their results are discussed. The empirical part of this article looks at my own qualitative study of pre-service EFL teachers' narrativesand their perceptions of teacher enthusiasm and its impact on teaching and learning success, as seen from their own perspective. In the concluding part I suggest how teacher training should incorporate ideas on teacher enthusiasm and strategies to deploy them as prospective weapons in preventing professional burnout in teachers. As Churchill said: "success is not final...failure is not fatal...it's the courage to continue that counts." I strongly believe that it is enthusiasm that gives us courage to continue.

  • Issue Year: IV/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 301-325
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: English