Foreign Languages Faculty, University of Isfahan, Iran (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Foreign Languages Faculty, University of Isfahan, Iran (email@example.com)
Given the point that attitude has the three dimensions of cognition, affection and behavior and that teachers’ attitude towards the students strongly affects their teaching and students’ learning, this study was an attempt to determine EFL faculty members’ attitude towards silent students in Iran. To this end, 97 EFL faculty members were selected through stratified random sampling from Isfahan, Shiekhbahaee, Khorasgan, Sobhesadegh, Najafabad and Amin universities located in the province of Isfahan. In this descriptive survey study, the data were gathered by a 5 point Likert-scale researcher-made questionnaire (with 60 items; 23 items are related to the cognitive dimension of attitude, 23 to the affective dimension and 14 to the behavioral dimension) whose validity was confirmed by four experts in the field of psychology and teaching English. Moreover, its reliability, based on the Cronbach’s alpha, was calculated to be 0.892 showing that it is of high acceptable reliability. The obtained data were analyzed by one-sample t-test. The results showed that the EFL faculty members’ attitude in terms of cognitive and behavioral dimensions was positive and above average, while their attitude in terms of emotional dimension was average. And finally, their total attitude was positive and above average.
Keywords: silent student; attitude; cognitive dimension; affective dimension; behavioral dimension; EFL faculty member