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ERIC Number: EJ864946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0958-8221
Effects of Locus of Control and Learner-Control on Web-Based Language Learning
Chang, Mei-Mei; Ho, Chiung-Mei
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v22 n3 p189-206 Jul 2009
The study explored the effects of students' locus of control and types of control over instruction on their self-efficacy and performance in a web-based language learning environment. A web-based interactive instructional program focusing on the comprehension of news articles for English language learners was developed in two versions: learner- and program-control. Following the web-based learning, the participants completed a content comprehension test and self-report measure of self-efficacy. Results showed that: (1) students with an internal locus of control performed better on the test and the self-efficacy measure than those with an external locus of control; (2) students learning from the learner-control version of the web-based instruction performed better on the test and the measure of self-efficacy than those learning from the program-control version; (3) students with an internal locus of control who learned from the learner-control version got the highest score on the test and the measure of self-efficacy, while students with an external locus of control who learned from the program-control version received the lowest score on the test and the measure of self-efficacy; and (4) students with an external locus of control who learned from the learner-control version outperformed students with an internal locus of control who learned from the program-control version on both academic performance and the measure of self-efficacy. (Contains 6 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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