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ERIC Number: EJ742534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1644
Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Work Locus of Control Scale
Oliver, Joseph E.; Jose, Paul E.; Brough, Paula
Educational and Psychological Measurement, v66 n5 p835-851 2006
Original formulations of the Work Locus of Control Scale (WLCS) proposed a unidimensional structure of this measure; however, more recently, evidence for a two-dimensional structure has been reported, with separate subscales for internal and external loci of control. The current study evaluates the one- and two-factor models with confirmatory factor analysis. The results suggest that although the two-factor model provides a better fit of the data than does the one-factor model, it still does not reach an adequate standard of fit. Exploratory factor analysis reveal the presence of a third factor, and confirmatory factor analysis indicates that the three-factor model provides a superior fit to either the one or two-factor model. This finding is replicated with a second independent sample. These findings call into question the psychometric robustness of the WLCS and indicate that further refinement is required. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rotter Internal External Locus of Control Scale; Teacher Efficacy Scale