Jane Vaughn

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Carl Martray, Sam McFarland, Leroy Metze

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


A sample was taken from a self-directed statistics/experimental psychology class to investigate the relationship between locus of control orientation of the students and their academic performance. Self-directed study was defined as student oriented learning with few lectures and the use of contingency points (points earned for work completed) as reinforcement for completing work packets and projects. (The null hypothesis was that there is no relationship between grades and locus of control in the self-directed class.) It was found that internals progress through a self-directed class setting at a significantly faster rate than do externals.


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