ERIC Number: ED149802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec-12
Reference Count: 0
Adult Learners in the Community College: The Poverty of Control Expectancy Research.
Dowell, Gregory P.
Despite scientific inattention to the implications of control expectancy in adult education, particularly in the community college setting, a few strategies have been suggested to effect external to internal shifts in control expectancies in nontraditional adult learners. The Reimanis and Schaefer technique assists the subject to focus upon the contingencies of his/her behavior and to recognize the causal relationship involved. Dua's strategy involves an individual action program where the student is aided in identifying significant others or forces, resulting in increased ability to formulate specific actions to expand his/her control over behavior and behavioral change. Master's strategy seeks to alter the adult student's attitudes and perceptions of his/her behavior, thus enabling the individual to categorize his/her response to a potentially external situation as being internally directed. The Roueche and Mink strategy helps the student to focus attention on the desired behavior and pay-off, identify behavioral consequences and make value judgements about them, carry out the plan, and maintain a perception of the internally controlled event through positive reinforcement. These are only starting points in the search for effective psychometric instruments and control expectancy strategies for adult locus of control change. (LH)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Behavior Change, Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Educational Methods, Expectation, Individual Power, Locus of Control, Motivation Techniques, Nontraditional Students, Research Needs, Research Reviews (Publications), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
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