M.A. in School Psychology
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Hispanic American students--New Jersey--Psychology; Minorities--Education
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between locus of control, assimilation/acculturation and academic performance of a group of students in a Southern New Jersey, urban middle school. It was hypothesized that the more assimilation/acculturation of Hispanic students into the Anglo culture a more internal locus of beliefs will be demonstrated and a better academic performance. A total of 137 students participated in this study. Data was collected using a LOC survey and a SASH-Y survey. An Anova-One Way and a Two-Way Anova were used to determine the relationship of these variables. The results demonstrated a connection between LOC and academic performance and also, a connection between assimilation/ acculturation and academic performance. It was not possible to establish a relationship between LOC and assimilation/acculturation of Hispanic students because none of the students surveyed scored external locus of beliefs. This study demonstrated that students with an internal locus of control showed better academic achievement than those with external locus of control, and also those with a higher level of acculturation demonstrated better academic performance.
Padró, Sandra, "The relationship of locus of control, assimilation/acculturation and academic performance" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 818.