Date Approved

5-7-1996

Embargo Period

9-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Classroom management; Locus of control; Teachers--Rating of

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the possibility of a relationship between locus of control of early childhood teachers and their behavior management skills. Subjects in the study were 55 group teachers in child care centers serving children ages 3 to 5 in low, middle and high socioeconomic communities in Camden County, New Jersey. The teachers were rated by their supervisors on the Classroom Management Rating Scale (CMRS), a 13 item Likert like scale developed for this study. Teachers completed a self rating on the CMRS and Rotter's I-E Locus of Control Scale. The Rotter I-E scores and the mean of the self-ratings and the teacher ratings were compared in a T test for paired samples. A correlation of .395 at p=.003 was found. Further research may be indicated to examine ways that internal locus of control can be increased and to study the effects of such increases on teachers' behavior management skills.

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