Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 3(1), pp. 030-039, January 2012         
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Full Length Research Paper

The relationship between undergraduate students’ locus of control and epistemological beliefs 

Ali Rıza Terzi1*, Gülcan Çetin2 and Handan Eser3 

1Balıkesir University Necatibey Education Faculty, Department of Educational Sciences, Balıkesir, Turkey

2Balıkesir University Necatibey Education Faculty, Department of Biology Education, Balıkesir, Turkey

3Balıkesir University Natural Sciences Institute, Biology Education, Graduate Student, Balıkesir, Turkey 

*Corresponding Author E-mail: terzioglu53@hotmail.com 

Received 07 October, 2011; Accepted 24 November, 2011

Abstract

The aim of the study was to identify the correlation between undergraduate students’ locus of control and their epistemological beliefs. The sample of the study includes a total of 278 undergraduate students attending the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Engineering as well as to Balıkesir Vocational School of Balıkesir University during the academic year of 2009-2010. The data of the study were collected using Rotter Scale of the Internal-External Locus of Control and Epistemological Belief Scale. The study findings indicate that the students involved have developed/mature epistemological beliefs in regard to the factor stating that learning is based on one’s efforts. In regard to the factor stating that learning is based on one’s ability, they are found to have partially developed/mature epistemological beliefs. However, their epistemological beliefs in regard to the factor stating that there is only one truth are found to be underdeveloped/immature. It is found that there are statistically significant differences in their epistemological beliefs based on their gender as well as their departments/schools. A slightly positive, low correlation is identified between students’ locus of control and their epistemological beliefs concerning the factor stating that learning is based on one’s ability. Based on these findings, several administrative and educational suggestions are offered.

 

Keywords: Epistemology, epistemological belief, locus of control, undergraduate students.

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