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Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Administration and Higher Education

First Committee Member

George Samson

Number of Pages



The purpose of this study was to determine if locus of control orientation was related to the assessment center performance of prospective school administrators. It was not known if locus of control orientation and assessment center performance described similar administrative characteristics. If a relationship existed, locus of control orientation could be considered a valid predictor for use in an administrative selection process; The quantitative descriptive, correlation study was based on data gathered from participants in the Nevada Assessment Center from fall of 1985 thru spring of 1988. The sample (n = 120) consisted of individuals who had appropriately completed both an NASSP model assessment center which identified administrative skills and an ANS-IE opinion survey which identified locus of control orientation; Descriptive and inferential statistical techniques were used to treat the data. Specifically, the Pearson Product Moment Correlation and a stepwise multiple regression technique produced correlation coefficients among the locus of control orientation score and the thirteen assessment center performance scores from the sample group. A statistical significance level of 0.05 was used for the study. The magnitude of the correlation coefficients or level of practical significance needed to determine if a relationship existed between variables in this study was 0.20; The findings from the study served as the bases for the following conclusions: (1) Assessment center performance and locus of control of control orientation were valid predictors for use in an administrative selection process. (2) The majority of prospective administrators in the sample exhibited an internal locus of control orientation which was inversely related to assessment center performance. (3) The relationships between locus of control orientation and assessment center performance as measured by the correlation coefficients ranged from slight to little, if any. (4) It was not possible to predict locus of control orientation from assessment center performance using the correlation coefficients but; it was possible to predict the overall assessment center performance rating from the individual skill dimensions. (5) Organizational ability emerged as the single most important skill dimension for prospective administrators in the sample. (6) Locus of control orientation and assessment center performance did not describe similar characteristics related to administrative potential.


Administrative; Assessment; CenterControl; Locus Orientation; Performance; Predictors; Process; Selection

Controlled Subject

School management and organization; Personality

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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