ERIC Number: ED309327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Student Expectations: Similarities and Differences between Freshmen and More Advanced Students.
Becker, Angela H.; And Others
A previous study used questionnaires to determine the pre- and post-course expectations of freshman college students enrolled in an introductory psychology class. The most frequently listed pre-course expectation was to get a good grade or pass the class. Post-course evaluations showed that students were more likely to feel that their expectations for the instructor, as opposed to themselves, had been fulfilled. This study was designed to extend the earlier study by including an evaluation of advanced students, with 199 students completing the pre-course evaluation and 168 completing the post-course evaluation. For male advanced students, the most important pre-course expectation was to get a good grade or pass the class; for females, it was to develop good study habits and stay awake. The most important post-course expectation for both sexes was to learn more about human behavior/emotions. The most frequent post-course expectation of the instructor by advanced male students was that he/she be pleasant and friendly with a sense of humor; for females, it was that the instructor enjoy teaching and be enthusiastic. Results highlighted the fact that freshmen share many expectations with more advanced students. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (35th, Houston, TX, April 13-15, 1989).