Caribbean Journal of Psychology: Vol. 11, Issue 1, 2019

Article 4
Teacher’s Locus of Control Scale: Test Characteristics and New Directions

Loraine D. Cook
The University of the West Indies, Mona


Teacher’s locus of control is an important identified factor in determining learning outcomes in the classroom. The purpose of this study was to report on the process of the adaptation of Rose and Medway’s Teacher Locus of Control (TLC) scale for use in the Jamaican context. Data were gathered from 205 high school teachers in Jamaica. Analyses revealed that the internal consistency coefficient of the scale was 0.75, and the item-total reliability coefficients were between 0.24 and 0.50. All items worked in the direction of the total scale. Latent cluster analysis identified two groups of the TLC construct. Three clusters were identified with two subgroups in each cluster. Findings are interpreted in terms of the appropriateness of using the modified TLC scale in the Jamaican context.