The locus of control is either internal or external and depends upon the individual which one is stronger. If an individual believes that his life is controlled by external circumstances (cause and effect), then he will be subject to making choices in terms of what is the prevailing quality of the environment. Conversely, if an individual believes that his life is controlled by his choices and decisions, he will exert control from within.
A person who has an internal locus of control will see that a personal failure is due to a lack of preparation or a poor decision, while a person with an external locus of control will see the same failure as bad luck or other external factors (Marsh, K. L., & Weary, G. 1995, p. 381).
While a dominant internal locus of control has shown to be not only more desirable to have, people with it tend to be more successful in life, attaining higher paying jobs. What then, can be done from a behavioral approach to encourage a more internal locus of control in the classroom And is such encouragement needed
In terms of schooling, it seems very straightforward that preparation equals success, in this case studying for an exam. ...Show more