Date of Award

Spring 2004

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Urban Services - Urban Education

Committee Director

Gail S. Taylor

Committee Member

Steve Tonelson

Committee Member

Linda Bol

Committee Member

Gene Hou


This dissertation is a non-experimental comparative and correlational study. It compares the three variables of language learning motivation, language acquisition, and ethnic identity between American-Born Chinese (ABC) and Adopted Chinese students (Non-ABC) at Association of Chinese language schools on the East Coast of the United States. One hundred and eighty-two ABC and 70 non-ABC students enrolled in Chinese language classes in the fall semester of 2004 participated in this study. Additionally, this study identifies the teaching categories that are most commonly applied in the Chinese language school classroom.

The data were collected through a survey method. The research instruments used for this investigation consisted of questionnaires of students' learning motivation, language acquisition, and ethnic identity, and the nine teaching categories used by teachers. The statistical techniques adopted to analyze the data included Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and multiple regression analysis.


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