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Journal of Modern Research in English Language Studies is an open access double-blind peer reviewed publication, which is published by Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin, Iran. It is concerned with new concepts and innovative technologies in "issues in language teaching". Journal of Modern Research in English Language Studies is a quarterly publication, and publishes original research papers related to journal scope. This journal is following Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and complies with the highest ethical standards in accordance with ethical laws. All submitted manuscripts are checked for similarity through 'ithenticate' software to ensure their authenticity and originality and then rigorously peer-reviewed by expert reviewers. 

Call for Papers 

Quality Issues in Applied Linguistics Qualitative Research

This special issue of Journal of Modern Research in English Language Studies invites submissions that target quality issues in applied linguistics qualitative research.

Guest editors:

Hessameddin Ghanbar, Islamic Azad University, Fereshtegaan International Branch (hessam.ghanbar@gmail.com)

Reza Rezvani, Shiraz University/Yasouj University (rezvanireza@gmail.com)

There have been ongoing debates regarding the quality of qualitative research and what defines good qualitative research. Generally, there are four main positions when it comes to determining the quality of qualitative research: utilizing traditional quantitative research criteria, redefining conventional criteria, creating alternative criteria, or questioning the use of any predetermined generic criteria (Riazi et al., 2023a). Also, Creswell and Miller (2000) suitably delved into the concept of validity in qualitative research and decipher its complexity and labyrinthine nature. In tandem, qualitative researchers have access to various methodological sources with different approaches (e.g., Guba & Lincoln, 1989; Lincoln & Guba, 2005; Maxwell, 1996; Starfield, 2013), which present a complex array of quality terminology (e.g., trustworthiness, credibility, plausibility, validity, rigor, reflexivity, etc.), typologies (e.g., Maxwell, 2013; Tracy, 2020), and perspectives (e.g., Miles & Huberman, 1994).

Given the significance of quality in research methodology, the fluidity of quality across different contexts (Tracy, 2010), the diversity of methodological qualitative approaches (Riazi et al., 2023b) and the variations in quality nomenclature which have been expounded upon above, this special issue aims to ease the tensions surrounding quality in qualitative research by targeting issues including but not limited to the following:

  • Credibility in qualitative research and steps to ensure trustworthiness of interpretations in qualitative studies
  • Transferability in qualitative research and providing thick description to boost applicability and resonance of qualitative research results in different contexts
  • Dependability of qualitative research (reflexivity as well as researchers' positionality)
  • Confirmability and objectivity of qualitative research
  • Methodological rigor (methodological coherence) and transparency in qualitative research
  • Ethics in qualitative research (procedural ethics, situational and culturally specific ethics, relational ethics, exiting ethics)

Types of manuscripts that are appropriate for the special issue include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conceptual or position papers
  • Critical reviews (exploring prevalent views relating to quality and validity of qualitative research and offering alternative perspectives)
  • Systematic research syntheses
  • Methodological syntheses (assessing methodological issues pertaining to quality in qualitative research, for example, data analytic transparency)
  • Empirical studies (studies reporting fully-fledged attempts to establish quality of data collection and/or data analysis in qualitative research)

We hope that the contributions will be useful to those in the qualitative research community in Applied Linguistics, providing a platform for new insights, ideas, discussions, and ultimately, more practical guidelines.

Interested authors are invited to send an abstract of no more than 500 words with a title and author information (with references not included in the word count) to Hessameddin Ghanbar (hessam.ghanbar@gmail.com) by 30th September 2024.

The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 30th September 2024.

Authors will be notified by 21th October 2024

Full manuscript deadline is 21th April 2025

In case of any queries, please feel free to reach out to the Guest editors.

References

Creswell, J. W., & Miller, D. L. (2000). Determining validity in qualitative inquiry. Theory into practice, 39(3), 124-130.

Guba, E., & Lincoln, Y (2005). Paradigmatic controversies, contradictions, and emerging confluences. In N. K. Denzin, & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research (pp. 191-215). Sage.

Lincoln, Y. S., & Guba, E. G. (1985). Naturalistic inquiry. Sage.

Maxwell, J. A. (1996). Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach. Sage.

Maxwell, J. A. (2013). Qualitative research design: An interactive approach (3rd ed.). Sage.

Miles, M. B., & Huberman, A. M. (1994). Qualitative data analysis: A sourcebook of new methods (2nd ed.). Sage

Riazi, M., Ghanbar, H., & Rezvani, R. (2023a). Qualitative data coding and analysis: A systematic review of the papers published in the Journal of Second Language Writing. Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research11(1), 25-47.

Riazi, A. M., Rezvani, R., & Ghanbar, H. (2023b). Trustworthiness in L2 writing research: A review and analysis of qualitative articles in the Journal of Second Language Writing. Research Methods in Applied Linguistics2(3), 100065.

Starfield, S. (2013). Researcher reflexivity. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics (pp. 1-7). Wiley-Blackwell.

Tracy, S. J. (2010). Qualitative quality: Eight big-tent criteria for excellent qualitative research. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(10), 837-851.

Tracy, S. J. (2020). Qualitative research methods: Collecting evidence, crafting analysis, communicating impact (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell

Research Paper
Detrimental Effects of School Organizational Climate on Teacher Job Motivation in EFL Context of Iran: A Phenomenological Approach

Parisa Ashkani; Ehsan Namaziandost; Karamollah Javanmard

Volume 11, Issue 3 , June 2024, Pages 1-24

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2023.19427.2270

Abstract
  This research delved into the effects of the school's organizational climate on teacher job motivation, focusing on EFL teachers ‘perspective in the context of Iran. The study involved a sample of 25 EFL teachers who were selected through a criterion sampling method, encompassing both male and ...  Read More

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Exploring the Effectiveness of Pre- and Post-Reading Activities on the Development of Reading Motivation and Self-Regulation as Essentials for Reading Comprehension

Parviz Ajideh; Mohammad - Zohrabi; Behnaz Khojand

Volume 11, Issue 3 , June 2024, Pages 25-49

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19503.2277

Abstract
  Reading skill entails the employment of specific skills and strategies. The use of post-reading and pre-reading activities, considering the importance of individual differences of the learners, have been reported to be successful techniques in improving reading comprehension. Thus, the objective of the ...  Read More

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Development and Validation of Iranian EFL Learners’ Preference for Anxiety Reducing Strategies Questionnaire

Alireza Bekhrad; Behdokht Mall-Amiri; Nacim Shangarffam

Volume 11, Issue 3 , June 2024, Pages 51-78

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19169.2247

Abstract
  Language learning anxiety has gained enormous attention as it has a detrimental role in foreign language learning and creating stress-free contexts for language learning has always been advised. Therefore, being cognizant of strategies to reduce anxiety seems to be of great importance. This study aimed ...  Read More

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Written Corrective Feedback on Intermediate EFL Learners’ Formulaic Errors: The Impact of a Teacher Awareness-Raising Program

Servat Shirkhani; Samaneh Omidi

Volume 11, Issue 3 , June 2024, Pages 79-100

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2023.19517.2278

Abstract
  Written corrective feedback has been extensively investigated with regard to its effectiveness, comparison of its different types, and perceptions about its effectiveness. However, few studies have addressed the types of errors receiving corrective feedback (CF) and still much fewer have focused on formulaic ...  Read More

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Conceptualization of Iranian EFL Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Professional Learning Practices: Implications for Teacher Development

Faranak Shapouran; Roya Ranjbar Mohammadi Bonab; Mohammad Hossein Yousefi; Hassan Asadollahfam

Volume 11, Issue 3 , June 2024, Pages 101-124

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19379.2268

Abstract
  Teachers' professional learning plays an important role in their attempt to change their teaching practices; however, few studies have been conducted on how teachers prepare themselves for the vast initiatives in ameliorating students' outcomes. This study aimed to explore EFL teachers’ perceptions ...  Read More

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Exploring the Impact of Computer-Supported Input Enhancement on Enhancing Parallel Structures in EFL Learners' Writing: A Comparative Study in Flipped Online and Face-to-Face Higher Education Settings

Mehri Farzaneh; Farzaneh Khodabandeh; Ehsan Rezvani

Volume 11, Issue 3 , June 2024, Pages 125-153

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19542.2281

Abstract
  This study investigates the impact of computer-supported input enhancement techniques on the mastery of parallel structures in essay writing among EFL learners within the contexts of flipped online and face-to-face instruction. A comparative analysis of the effectiveness of these techniques is conducted ...  Read More

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Exploring assessment methods used by Grade Four English First Additional Language Teachers

Kofi Nkonkonya Mpuangnan; Gladys Phumzile Mngomezulu; Samantha Govender

Volume 11, Issue 3 , June 2024, Pages 155-180

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19589.2288

Abstract
  The form of assessment which grade four teachers use to determine the learning outcomes of the learners who are studying English First Additional Language (EFAL) in South African schools demands urgent attention. This urgency stems from the necessity to critically examine the post-apartheid educational ...  Read More

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The Role of Learning-oriented Language Assessment in Promoting Interactional Metadiscourse in Ectenic and Synoptic EFL Learners

Rajab Esfandiari; Omid Allaf-Akbary

Volume 11, Issue 3 , June 2024, Pages 181-206

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19777.2305

Abstract
  In recent decades, undivided attention has been drawn to the examination of metadiscourse in different contexts, genres, languages, and disciplines. Nevertheless, a large body of research has been predominantly centred on the qualitative examination of potential metadiscourse markers and their associated ...  Read More

The Effects of Three Types of Flipped Learning through Shad Application on EFL Learners’ Lexical and Grammatical Achievement

Mahmoud Nabilou; Abbas Ali Zarei

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2023, , Pages 113-133

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2023.18868.2219

Abstract
  This study explored the effect of three models of flipped learning through shad application on lexical and grammatical knowledge of Iranian high school EFL learners. 120 male pre-intermediate English learners took part in the study. They were placed in four groups (three experimental and one control) ...  Read More

Face in Intercultural Communication: A Meta-synthesis

Mohammad Ahmadi Safa; Moslem Yousefi; Naser Ranjbar

Volume 5, Issue 2 , May 2018, , Pages 1-18

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2019.10264.1274

Abstract
  Although the concept of ‘face’ has recently been the focus of attention in language pragmatics, face theory and research have dealt with individual rather than social aspects of human interactions (Arundale, 2013). In order to assess the epistemological and methodological dimensions of face ...  Read More

The Contribution of Gender and Teaching Experience to Iranian EFL Teachers’ Perceptions of Critical Pedagogy

Abdullah Sarani; Rasool Najjarbaghseyah; Mohammad Nasser Vaezi

Volume 6, Issue 2 , May 2019, , Pages 101-79

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2019.10595.1328

Abstract
  This study aimed at investigating the Iranian EFL teachers’ perceptions of critical pedagogy values in teaching English with an emphasis on gender and teaching experience. For that end, a 33-item Likert-type questionnaire was developed. The researcher-made instrument was administered to 102 EFL ...  Read More

Iranian EFL Teachers’ Understanding and Beliefs of Critical Pedagogy: A Multiple Case Study

Esmaeel Ali Salimi; Meysam Khazaee Kouhpar

Volume 11, Issue 1 , January 2024, , Pages 101-124

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2023.18569.2189

Abstract
  Critical Pedagogy (CP) in Iran, among other countries, is still in its early stages, and there are various challenges facing the implementation of problem-posing education. To pinpoint the probable factors impeding transformation in the educational setting, the present research, using a convenience sampling, ...  Read More

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EFL Students' Engagement with Readers in Expository Writing: Contribution of Gender and Proficiency Level

Zahra Alimorad; Sasan Nobahar

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 03 February 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19596.2290

Abstract
  The present mixed-methods conversion-design study applied the engagement framework of the appraisal theory to disclose whether EFL students’ gender and proficiency level have any effect on their use of engagement resources in their expository texts. To this end, through a convenience sampling procedure, ...  Read More

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Akram Bagheri; Masood Siyyari; Mojgan Rashtchi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 03 February 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19486.2273

Abstract
  The psychological constructs of teachers have become the focus of a growing line of research in numerous studies in both mainstream and second language teacher education over the recent decades. Many studies have addressed the relationship between teacher commitment and other variables; however, its ...  Read More

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Sociolinguistic Factors Influencing the Acquisition of English Vocabulary in Multilingual Contexts: Insights from Selected Secondary School Teachers in Dodoma, Tanzania

Godson Robert Mtallo; Gerald Kimambo

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 04 February 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19603.2292

Abstract
  The study aimed to investigate the influence of sociolinguistic factors on the acquisition of English vocabulary in multilingual contexts. It employed a case study design in Dodoma City and Chamwino District Councils in Dodoma Region, Tanzania. Purposive sampling was used to select eight English language ...  Read More

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Google Translate as a Repelling or Propelling Tool: Evidence from Less-Resourced Languages

Zahra Fakher Ajabshir

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 10 February 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2023.18709.2205

Abstract
  Recently, the use of machine translation (MT) to support the second language (L2) writing has increased. Since translation quality via MT matures every year, updated studies are required. The present study explored the quality of MT (Google Translate) outputs from Persian to English by comparing them ...  Read More

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Investigating English Language Teaching Policies for Online Courses at an Iranian Language Institute

Maryam Khosravi; Seyyedeh Susan Marandi; Leila Tajik

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 13 February 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/JMRELS.2024.19529.2280

Abstract
  One of the first steps toward improving online English language courses should be exploring and understanding the educational policies that shape them. Accordingly, the present study examined 191 educational guidelines and plans that were issued during the COVID-19 pandemic in a well-known Iranian language ...  Read More

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Experienced and Novice EFL Teachers’ Cognition and Practices on Intercultural Communicative Competence: A Mixed-Methods Study in Iranian Context

Ashraf Sadat Hosseyni; Moussa - Ahmadian; Majid Amerian

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 20 February 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19354.2265

Abstract
  Teachers as the backbone of education need to commit themselves to expanding their perception, sensitivity, and awareness toward intercultural communicative competence (ICC). By taking full advantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods, this study examines if novice and experienced EFL ...  Read More

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Improving EFL Learners’ Reading Comprehension Through Raising Metacultural Competence: Comparing Teacher- Generated and Teacher/Learner-Generated Materials

Hamid Marashi; Atefeh Moradian

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 05 March 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19605.2294

Abstract
  This study aimed to investigate the effect of teaching metacultural competence through two modes of teacher-generated and teacher/learner-generated materials on English-as-a-foreign-language learners’ reading comprehension. To this end, 60 male and female upper-intermediate EFL learners studying ...  Read More

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The Effectiveness of Oral Corrective Feedback in the Acquisition of Third-Person Singular 's' in Iranian EFL Context

Navid Bahrami Maleki; Ali Akbar Ansarin; Yaser Hadidi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 10 March 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19640.2297

Abstract
  Focus on form through oral corrective feedback has been the center of many L2 learning investigations in recent decades. Although research has been abundantly done on the impact of different single-feedback types, not many studies have included combinational feedback strategy, especially as regards the ...  Read More

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Developing a Technology-Mediated EFL Teacher Program Based on Critical Pedagogy: The Context of Iran in Focus

Zahra Sabaghzade; Neda Fatehi Rad; Leila Anjomshoa

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 16 March 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19295.2261

Abstract
  With a view to the recent educational developments in addition to the increasing adoption of critical pedagogy (CP) in educational systems worldwide (Grassini, 2023), taking critical digital pedagogy (CDP) in the field of teacher education within the context of Iran offers numerous benefits, like encouraging ...  Read More

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Development and Validation of an EFL Teachers’ Quality Assurance Questionnaire

Giti Sabadoust; Kobra Tavassoli; Gholamhassan Famil Khalili

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 29 March 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19667.2299

Abstract
  There is a consensus among researchers and educators that teachers need to be well prepared to improve the quality of education and students’ learning. Nevertheless, little attempt has been made to implement the trends in teachers’ quality assurance (TQA) in the field of language education. ...  Read More

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Charting New Horizons in Teacher Education: How Practicum Students Empower and Support In-Service Teachers

Masoume Ahmadi; Nasser Sabourianzadeh; Mobina Nazari

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 10 April 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19795.2310

Abstract
  Reciprocal learning, nurtured within a community of practice, is a cornerstone of teacher professional development. Despite extensive research on mentor-led support for student teacher (ST) professional development, the reciprocal potential of STs to transform and shape mentor teachers' (MTs) practices ...  Read More

research paper
Face-to-Face or Flipped Learning Classroom: Which Method Enhances Iranian EFL Sixth Grade Students’ Self-Efficacy in Virtual Learning Environment?

Vahid Norouzi Larsari; Farahman Farrokhi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 17 April 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19783.2307

Abstract
  The realm of education has experienced significant transformation driven by swift advancements in technology, leading to the rise of virtual learning as a key instructional approach. Within this context, the Flipped Classroom (FC) model has gained prominence as a modern and innovative methodology. This ...  Read More

research paper
A Mixed-Methods Study into the Discipline-Specific Effect of Critical EAP on Reading Comprehension

Tahereh Movahhedi; Amir Sarkeshikian; Mohammad Golshan

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 26 April 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19950.2326

Abstract
  Although critical English for academic purposes (CEAP) has grown theoretically, more research is needed to explore it in more depth. This sequential mixed-methods study primarily aimed to examine whether the CEAP and traditional English for academic purposes (EAP) have different impacts on Iranian university ...  Read More

research paper
Analyzing the Development of a Longitudinal Error-Tagged English Learner Corpus: Exploring Accuracy Development in Iranian EFL Learners' Writing

Samaneh Yadollahi; Amirsaeid Moloodi; Mohammad Rahimi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 26 May 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.19996.2333

Abstract
  Error-tagged learner corpora are helpful resources in language teaching, providing authentic samples of learners' errors. This longitudinal study aims to investigate accuracy development in three subsequent writing performances of Iranian EFL learners across beginner, intermediate, and advanced proficiency ...  Read More

Research Paper
The Effect of Teaching Through Three Types of Mind Maps (Bubble, Double-Bubble, and Multi-Flow) on Iranian EFL Learners' Comprehension and Production of English Collocations

Davood Gholami; Abbas Ali Zarei

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 30 May 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.20357.2376

Abstract
  Given the importance of learning collocations, this study investigated the effectiveness of three types of mind maps, namely, bubble, double-bubble and multi-flow maps, on the comprehension and production of collocations. The participants were 120 upper-intermediate level male learners of English at ...  Read More

Research Paper
Teachers’ Emotions and Experiences as influential Factors in Using Technology in EFL Classes

Behzad Nezakatgoo; Fatemeh Mirzapour; Maryam Mohseni

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 31 May 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.20181.2356

Abstract
  Nowadays, technology plays an essential role in people’s life in general and in education in particular. Teachers’ experiences and emotions can affect technology use in classes. The present study investigated teachers’ experiences and emotions regarding integrating technology into their ...  Read More

Research Paper L2 Creativity
EFL Teachers' Creativity and L2 Learners' Academic Attainment: The Moderating Role of Teaching Experience

Elnaz Zariholhosseini; Sajad Shafiee; Omid Tabatabaei

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 11 June 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.20247.2364

Abstract
  Creativity is an essential prerequisite for teaching, developing, and promoting a foreign language. Pupils show enthusiasm for learning a foreign language in a creative environment. The central goal of this research was, therefore, to inspect the variety between experienced and novice English-as-a-foreign ...  Read More

Research Paper Language Skills and subskills
The Impact of Brain-Based Teaching on Iranian EFL Learners' Vocabulary Retention and Recall

Davoud Amini; Mahsa Rahmani Asl; Abolfazl Ghasemzadeh

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 22 June 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.20173.2354

Abstract
  The brain-based learning (BBL) approach refers to a learning method which attends to the structural and functional properties of the brain when involved in learning. The proponents of BBL approach in language teaching have proposed a set of strategies in line with neuroscientific findings regarding the ...  Read More

Research Paper Qualitative research
Iraqi Novice vs. Experienced EFL Teachers’ Beliefs about Classroom Interactional Competence

Zeena Hameed; Hamid Allami; Zia tajeddin

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 22 June 2024

https://doi.org/10.30479/jmrels.2024.20179.2355

Abstract
  Classroom interaction is the result of interplay of complex feelings and varying ideas and thoughts between the students and the teacher. As a major player, the L2 teacher can deploy different interactional resources to promote classroom interaction. Their decision to do so depends partly on their beliefs ...  Read More

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