ERIC Number: ED209591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Teacher Locus of Control and Students' Perceptions and Performance.
Sadowski, Cyril J.; Woodward, Helen R.
Several studies have shown that teachers' locus of control orientations are differentially related to attitudes about teaching and classroom behavior. To investigate the relationship between teachers' locus of control and students' perceptions of classroom climate, academic responsibility, and grades, matched pairs of teachers from grades four through eight completed a teaching-specific locus of control measure. Their students (N=245) completed the Origin Climate Questionnaire and the Intellectual Achievement Responsibility Questionnaire. Current letter grades were also obtained for each student. Students with the more internally oriented teachers reported a more origin-line classroom climate, i.e., a classroom atmosphere in which students perceived the teacher as encouraging goal setting, responsibility, and self-confidence, and had higher grades than students with less internally oriented teachers. Teachers' locus of control orientations were not related to student-attributed responsibility, although within-class correlations indicated that attributed responsibility was positively related to perceived classroom climate and grades. The results suggest that further research needs to be directed toward delineating determinants of teachers' locus of control and the manner in which these orientations are conveyed to students. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).