Perceptions of control over social outcomes and student behavior

Robert Bradley, Thomas A. Teeter

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Locus of control and classroom behavior data were gathered from 223 randomly selected students in 75 senior high and junior high school classrooms. The major purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between LOC orientation regarding social outcomes and two types of classroom behavior: considerate vs. hostile, and task‐oriented vs. distractible. Results showed moderate positive correlation between internality and both Considerate and Task‐Oriented behavior. The strongest relationship observed was that between perceptions about the teacher's control over negative outcomes and the students' behavior. Differences in relations were observed for males and females.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-235
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology in the Schools
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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