ERIC Number: ED118248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
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A Comparative Test of Locus on Control Measures and IQ as Predictors of Children's Task Performance.
LaVoie, Joseph C.; Adams, Gerald R.
In this study, locus of control and IQ were compared to assess the power of each as a predictor of performance on academic and non-academic tasks. Four locus of control scales: the Intellectual Achievement Responsibility Scale, the Academic Achievement Accountability Questionnaire, the Rotter I-E scale, the Origin-Pawn measure and the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills were group administered to a sample of 74 fifth grade children over a 2-week period. Following this test procedure, the subjects were asked to perform a motor task (pasting stars in circles), a counting task (for which the subjects had an option of selecting the level of task difficulty), a block stacking task, and a practice test on math problems followed by a math problems task for which subjects could select difficulty level. The performance measures were administered over a period of 1 week. Multiple regression analyses showed that prediction of performance was contingent on sex of the child and task. The best predictor for academic related tasks was IQ; whole locus of control predicted performance on some, but not all non-academic tasks. The data were compared to previous research, and the utility of locus of control as a predictor of task performance was discussed. (Author/GO)
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