ERIC Number: ED176057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Locus of Control and Class Completion among Adult Basic Education Clients.
Newsom, Ron; Foxworth, Linda
A project was initiated to (1) determine internal-external orientation of a group of adult basic education-general educational development (ABE-GED) clients; (2) collect demographic data on the clientele; (3) assess functional abilities of clients in math and reading at enrollment and after three months; (4) analyze results of objectives to determine if internally oriented clients demonstrate more achievement and participation; and (5) if internally oriented clients do demonstrate greater participation and achievement, identify and describe a means to change externally oriented clients to internally oriented clients. It was hypothesized that a significantly greater number of internals than externals would complete. The Rotter I-E scale was used to collect data from 511 Texas adult basic education students. Reliability was .62, which indicated the need to use another instrument to measure locus of control. Statistical analysis indicated no relationship between locus of control and completion. Evidence from the study indicates a relation exists between locus of control and age, grade completed before in basic education, and race. A larger protion of blacks (71.4%) rated themselves as externals; Mexican-Americans' ratings almost reflected a chance division. Additionally, 71.4% of those having a sixth grade or less education categorized their perceived locus of control as external. (CSS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Adult and Continuing Education.
Authoring Institution: North Texas State Univ., Denton. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Rotter Internal External Locus of Control Scale; Texas