ERIC Number: ED194708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Impact of Specific Teaching Strategies on Locus of Control of Adult Students, July 1979 through June 1980.
Newsom, Ron; Foxworth, Linda
A study was conducted which focused on specific teaching strategies and their impact on shifting externalized students toward internality (change of locus of control), on completion rate, and on increase in knowledge of math over a three-month period. Eight adult education classes with ninety-two students from the north Texas area participated in the project. These classes were assigned to three groups: experimental classes using learning contracts, experimental classes having teachers trained in locus of control concepts, and classes conducted normally serving as a comparison group. Pre- and post-assessments using the adult form of the Nowicki-Strickland Internal-External Scale (ANS-IE) were administered. Additional demographic data were collected with emphases on completion status. The study supported the proposition that contract learning may have an internalizing effect on adults enrolled in adult education programs. Data indicated that simply training teachers with the concepts of locus of control and with implications for teaching has no impact on developing internality among students. (YLB)
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: Goal Setting; Internal External Scale; Internality Externality; Internalization; Nowicki Strickland Internal External Scale; Rotter (Julian B); Rotters Social Learning Theory; Texas (North)