Internal Locus of Control

 

The Instructional techniques
presented in this book 
are Research Validated!
 

                   
The six step behavioral strategy described in this book has been proven effective in teaching Internal Locus of Control.

Briefly stated, these instructional techniques were tested in thirty-three elementary schools in the Philadelphia area. Three fifth grade classes were selected in each school. One class received the instructional program, one class received an alternative but related program, and one class received no treatment. After the instruction the classes were tested in several ways.

THE RESULTS OF THIS EVALUATION CONCLUSIVE SHOW THAT THE INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES PRESENTED IN THIS BOOK ARE EFFECTIVE IN TEACHING INTERNAL LOCUS OF CONTROL. The evaluation results can be summaries as follows. As a result of the instructional program, the children:

 
Learned the six step strategy concepts and skills.
 
Exhibited significant positive changes in belief in internal control.
 
Were more likely to prescribe self-directed solutions to problems.
 
Set more realistic standards for success.
 
Had lower discrepancies between their expected performance and their standards of success.
 
Demonstrated the use of the six step behavioral strategy in individual and group work in the classroom.
 
Used the internal strategy in their personal lives.
The ACT Curriculum in the figure above is the instructional program used to teach internality.
 

 

For those of you are interested in the details of the evaluation of the teaching methods, such as the measures used, the logic of the research design, and the statistical procedures used, I have provided a copy of the research report on the right.  This a free down load. Click on this publications to view or to download.
 


                BUT THAT IS NOT ALL!
                    Anecdotes, structured interviews, and Reports Illuminate Our Understanding

 
As a part of the evaluation procedure we collected anecdotes, structured interviews, samples of the learner's work, and reports.  When this information is combined with the research data above we are better able to get a sense of the effectiveness and meaning of the overall evaluation.  I have provided a copy of the report of this type of information in the publication on the left.  Check it out.  I know you will find it interesting.
 
This is a free download. Click on the document to view or down load. 
                What do the anecdotal reports and interviews tell us?
 

Children said;  "I learned about myself and things around me and what I can do.  I learned I could achieve."

"I really didn't know what a goal was.  But now, I have a lot more goals like build a ship in a bottle.  I have a lot more ideas on things to do."
 
"Since going through this program, I learned to plan my work for the day and when to do it."

 

Parents reported seeing positive changes in their children even at home.  Here is a letter from a parent.

"We are thrilled with all you are doing.  The new program being used with the fifth graders is 100% successful.  We can see Tom feeling purposeful, proud of himself and wanting to accomplish what is expected of him.  The beauty of this - - there doesn't seem to be any pressure."

 

Teachers said; "The children are using the terms, strategies, etc.  They are working together better than before."

"Many students are planning units in social studies and science better, budgeting time, etc.  Some have mentioned using the strategy for tasks outside of school."
 
"This training was more beneficial than I realized at first.  Kids who were totally disorganized now can plan.  One kid lies in bed in the morning and plans his day.  A lot has rubbed off on me."


 

These evaluation results were reviewed by Dr. Richard Teevan, Chairman of the Psychology Department at the State University of New York at Albany.  He said,

"This instructional program is designed to help children feel better about themselves in achievement situations, to help them increase their feelings of agency by increasing their feelings of internal locus of control, and to teach them achievement skills.  I feel that it is an innovative program which does succeed in reaching its goals.



By clicking on the following link you can obtain the book "Teach Internal Control" which will tell exactly how you how you can teach the six step behavioral strategy to others.  www.createspace.com/3561923
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