M.A. in School Psychology
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Classroom management; Locus of control; Teachers--Rating of
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.
Sheard, Sandy, "Classroom management skills and teacher locus of control" (1996). Theses and Dissertations. 2209.