ERIC Number: ED283479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Locus of Control and Values of Adult Learners in Schools of Business, Dentistry, and Education.
Linder, Fredric; And Others
The locus of control orientation and value priorities of graduate students in business, dentistry, and education were studied, along with the relationship between these variables. Students in the study were attending Virginia Commonwealth University during the 1983-86 academic years and ranged in age from 18 to over 40 years old. There were 212 business graduate students, 164 dentistry students, and 255 graduate students in education. Rotter's Internal-External Locus of Control Scale was administered, along with Rokeach's Value Survey, and a demographic survey. Results indicated that older students were more internally oriented than younger students and that males were more internally oriented than females across all three schools. The terminal and instrumental values given highest priority by students in all three schools were almost identical. There were several significant age and sex differences on value priorities within each school as well. Significant school effects indicated that dental students gave less priority to the value "national security" than did business or education students, whereas business students gave higher priority to "courageous." (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, February 1987).