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A Quantitative Correlational Study on the Relationship between Teacher Sense of Efficacy and Perceived Internal Locus of Control
by Trahan, Carla M., D.Ed., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014, 244; 3622961
Abstract (Summary)

The indicated study examines the relationship between teacher sense of efficacy (TSE) and perceived internal locus of control (LOC). Of particular interest is the extent to which individuals with high TSE will also have a high-perceived internal LOC. Grounded in the psychological domain (Judge, Erez, Bono, & Thoresen, 2002), constructs emerged independently, offspring of Albert Bandura's social cognitive theory (Bandura, 1994) and Julian Rotter's social learning theory (Rotter, 1975), respectively. Megan Tschannen-Moran and Anita Hoy's teacher sense of efficacy construct represents one example of efficacy's evolution. Such serves as the efficacy variable of interest. Discrepancies associated with the conceptualization of psychology constructs, control and control-related entities, LOC (Cavaiola & Strohmetz, 2010; Levenson, 1973; Rose & Medway, 1981; Wallston, Wallston, & DeVellis 1978), and discourse supporting a common higher construct (Judge, Erez, Bono, & Thoresen 2002), prompted the reconsideration of previously established assertions on the distinctiveness of entities (Bandura, 2006). The following discussion caters to topics ranging from conceptualization challenges to research supporting or contending a relationship. Information gathered could prompt a reconceptualization of constructs, as well as, provide leaders with another lever to consider in the identification of efficacious teachers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Olivier, Dianne F.
Commitee: Dick, Steven J., Fossey, Richard, Hoffman, Sharon C.
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership
Keywords: Locus of control, Sense of efficacy
Publication Number: 3622961
ISBN: 978-1-303-95148-0
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