Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
Dennis Vander Plaats
Enabling children to take ownership of their learning is an ever-present challenge to educators. This study examined the effects of a six-month goal-setting strategy used with grade five students in a suburban, Christian middle school. Students were required to set three monthly goals and to describe how successfully these goals had been attained. In addition, the participants were asked to orally share their progress with their peers each month. The effects of this strategy on internal locus of control were monitored using the Nowicki-Strickland Control Scale for Children. Results of the study indicated no statistical correlation between the strategy and test scores. However, the researcher observed a marked improvement in classroom cohesiveness and an enhanced sense of classroom community and empathy.
Antonides, Tim, "Effects of a Peer-Influenced Goal Setting Strategy on Internal Locus of Control" (1998). Master of Education Program Theses. 55.