ERIC Number: ED056350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Children's Perception of Their Academic Ability and Achievement Accountability. Final Report.
Clifford, Margaret M.
The introductory discussion focuses on research which shows relationships between self-perception and school performance, and emphasizes especially a locus of control measurement scale developed to assess children's belief in internal vs. external control in academic situations exclusively. Internality is seen as constituting a motivational influence upon achievement performance. In this study, conducted with 99 4th, 5th and 6th graders, the author examined relationships between internality and performance on spelling, vocabulary and math tests in which subjects determined the levels of difficulty at which they worked. Correlation was controlled for IQ and achievement. At each grade level, internality showed a significant positive correlation with performance. For boys, this relationship was stronger than that found between performance and IQ, while for girls IQ correlated more highly with performance than did internality. (Author/TL)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City.