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ERIC Number: ED114138
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Effects of Individualized Instruction on Control Expectancy: A Field Test.
Roueche, John E.; And Others
In order to determine whether one semester of individualized instruction is enough time to cause a shift toward internal locus of control (a student's sense of the direct relationship between his behavior and its outcome), a sample of 126 educationally deficient first semester community college students were selected from 18 different sections of math, English, and history, and tested with the MacDonald-Tseng Locus of Control Scale at the beginning and end of the term. Students enrolled in 50 percent or more of individualized classes were considered to be in the treatment group; the other students were considered as the control group. Results, although not definitive, were positive. Students in the treatment group scored more homogeneously on the control expectancy scale than did students in the control group. The average increase in internality was in excess of three scale points indicating overall movement in the direction of internal control orientation. However, a slightly greater percentage of students in the treatment group made external shifts (chance or other powerful individuals determine events) than did students in the control group. Thus, a single semester of individualized courses, particularly to students unaccustomed to such instruction, may not provide enough impetus to cause a significant shift in locus of control. (NHM)
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