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Project Title

How Perceived Control Predicts Academic Success

Presenter Hometown

Virginia Beach, VA

Major

Psychology

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Jonathan S. Gore

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

Prior research has found a positive association between locus of control and academic outcomes, but typically these studies define locus of control as a bipolar continuum. New research suggests locus of control is better defined as two independent unipolar constructs, but few researchers have applied this model as a predictor of academic success. The current study analyzes how internal and external loci of control differentially predict academic beliefs and academic behaviors. We hypothesize that internal locus of control will positively predict academic beliefs while external locus of control will negatively predict academic behaviors and both internal and external loci of control will predict GPA. Participants included 150 students from undergraduate psychology courses at Eastern Kentucky University. Participants accessed this study through SONA, an online data collection system, where they completed a survey assessing internal and external loci of control and elements of academic success. This study provides support that internal locus of control predicts academic success more so than external locus of control as well as provides additional support for this new operationalization of locus of control.

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How Perceived Control Predicts Academic Success

Prior research has found a positive association between locus of control and academic outcomes, but typically these studies define locus of control as a bipolar continuum. New research suggests locus of control is better defined as two independent unipolar constructs, but few researchers have applied this model as a predictor of academic success. The current study analyzes how internal and external loci of control differentially predict academic beliefs and academic behaviors. We hypothesize that internal locus of control will positively predict academic beliefs while external locus of control will negatively predict academic behaviors and both internal and external loci of control will predict GPA. Participants included 150 students from undergraduate psychology courses at Eastern Kentucky University. Participants accessed this study through SONA, an online data collection system, where they completed a survey assessing internal and external loci of control and elements of academic success. This study provides support that internal locus of control predicts academic success more so than external locus of control as well as provides additional support for this new operationalization of locus of control.