Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Education, Higher.


Morton, L.,




Two-hundred-and-six first-year University of Windsor students were tested to determine their locus of control, learning style, personality characteristics, OAC grades and first-semester university grades. The study was designed to test two separate questions: can locus of control, learning style and personality variables predict grades beyond high school marks; and are locus of control, learning style and personality variables related to faculty of study? No factors were predictive of achievement in university beyond OAC marks. A significant relationship was found between locus of control and faculty of study, with Business students having a more external orientation that students in other faculties. No relationship was found between learning style and faculty of study. However, evidence was found for the hypothesis that personality variables, as measured by the Vocational Preference Inventory (VPI), are related to faculty of study. It is suggested that future studies examine the grades of subjects once they are further along in their university careers in an attempt to overcome any impact the initial transition from secondary school to university might have on grades in the first semester of university. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .B46. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-06, page: 2134. Adviser: L. Morton. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.