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ERIC Number: ED493672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Identifying Instructor Expectations: A Focus Group Experience
Ginley, Kristine J.; Giraud, Gerald
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Columbus, OH, Oct 2006)
A focus group was convened to discuss the behavioral, emotional, and intellectual expectations college instructors have of their students. The group was comprised of six part-time and full-time instructors from universities, private not-for-profit colleges, private for-profit colleges and community colleges. Five questions, with follow-ups, were asked. The instructors responded with behaviors and characteristics they expect their students to demonstrate. Findings indicate that college instructors have specific expectations of their students. The instructors discussed emotional characteristics, such as acceptance of responsibility for their education and seeking assistance when needed; behavioral elements, such as attending class regularly and being active listeners; and academic expectations, such as analytical reading skills and accomplished writing skills. Identifying and understanding these expectations is critical to bridging the gap between expectation and reality in today's college classrooms.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A