Date of Award

7-14-2009

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)

Department

Education

Abstract

To investigate the existence of effective instructional strategies that would meet the learning needs of individual students as well as influence existing perceptions of locus of control, a research review and discussion are presented which discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of the methodology known as procedural choice. Inconclusive data and no readily identifiable examples of application resulted in the utilization of current research findings to develop a curriculum containing procedural choice based instructional strategies, designed to serve as both a potential measurement tool for future research as well as a practical, readily applicable curriculum for classroom use. Results from its implementation within three 11th Grade U.S. History high school classrooms suggest that effective and appropriate procedural choice based instructional strategies can be developed. Conclusions suggest that providing students with procedural choices within a classroom environment can produce an increased orientation toward an internal locus of control.

Identifier

SC 11.MAE.2009.Baun.SD.A

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