Original locus of control and student performance: A quasi-experimental study comparison of delivery mechanisms in post-secondary business education
Kari Ann Wood, Capella University, United States
Capella University . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to determine if internal and external locus of control power affects the success and decisions of distance and traditional post-secondary business students. This study was designed to more specifically discover if there was a correlation between distance students and an internal locus of individual power. Archived data was collected for this quasi-experimental study through 3 main methods; (a) researching various internal and external power theories and their relation to education, (b) examining secondary data collected from pre/post exams previously given to Bemidji State University business students, and (c) examining secondary data collected from Bemidji State University students that were issued the Rotter's (1966) IE (Internal/External) Locus of Control Scale. Various statistical analyses were carried out to decipher the relationships between the locus of control scores, demographics, and student pre/post exam improvement scores for both traditional and distance learners. The results were analyzed to determine better methods of targeting students for distance education and creating higher quality support centers for distance students.
Wood, K.A. Original locus of control and student performance: A quasi-experimental study comparison of delivery mechanisms in post-secondary business education. Ph.D. thesis, Capella University.
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