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ERIC Number: EJ907574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
Raising Issues of Student Locus of Control: Beginning a Longitudinal Study
Smith, Carol A.; Mihans, Richard J., II
Research in Education, v81 n1 p63-65 May 2009
Locus of control is considered the belief in one's ability to influence life events. Someone who accepts both positive and negative outcomes and consequences as the result of their own behaviour is considered "internal" whereas someone who considers others to have influence over both positive (luck) and negative (others' fault) results is considered "external." Few studies have examined locus of control and retention at the university level. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to longitudinally investigate the locus of control score with the retention rate of pre-service teachers at a small private institution in the south-eastern United States. Since this study is longitudinal, further analyses are needed as these students progress through their courses of studies. One general implication: education majors seem to have an internal locus of control. What remains to be seen, however, is will this score remain stable throughout their years at university? As a result, researchers plan to follow these students and check their status each year until commencement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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