Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett

  • Instructional Technologist
    Associate Professor
  • Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Menifee, CA 92584

  • Education:
  • B.S. Vocational Ed., CSUSB
  • M.A. Career & Technology Education (CTE) - Coordination & Supervision, CSUSB
  • M.S. Instructional Design & Technology (IDT), CSUF

  • Professional Certifications:
  • MCSE, CCNA, CIW

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 Attribution Theory


Table of Contents

  • Locus
  • Stability
  • Controllability

Essentially, attribution theory deals with how we attach meaning to other's behavior, or our own? For example, is someone angry because they are bad-tempered or because something bad happened. Attribution theory also deals with how well we control the factors involved?

Conceptual model of attribution theory.
Figure 1. Conceptual model of attribution theory based on Weiner (1985).

Locus

Also known as Locus of Control, refers to a person's state of mind regarding whether or not thy believe that their actions control their own outcomes in life.

Stability

The amount of stability of attribution. Are a person;s attributions stable or in flux.

Controllability

How much control a person has with regard to their attribution. Are the able to control it or is it becoming uncontrollable.