Cook, Lorraine; Bastick, Tony
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Educational Studies
Improving teaching quality: An examination of two locus of control instruments for monitoring internality training
Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean
Date of Publication
1 & 2
Considers the validity and reliability of two commonly used measures of teachers' locus of control orientation for use within a Caribbean and particularly, a Jamaican, educational context. Teachers (N=183) from ten high schools in Jamaica agreed to be tested and retested with these instruments. The structure of each instrument was analysed, as well as the construct validity of their scoring methods for measuring teacher LOC. This research supported criticisms of LOC from the literature by finding moderate to high reliabilities for the two instruments and low concurrent validity of both instruments with this sample. Consequently, a scoring modification was designed with higher scoring construct validity to improve test-retest reliabilities of LOC instruments. The research demonstrated improved reliabilities of LOC instruments. The research and these results indicate that the LOC construct and its measures can and should be improved for the proposed Internality Training programmes to improve teaching quality in the Caribbean.....