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ERIC Number: EJ941459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0968-4883
Quality as a Gap Analysis of College Students' Expectations
Jackson, Mary Jo; Helms, Marilyn M.; Ahmadi, Mohammad
Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, v19 n4 p392-412 2011
Purpose: This paper aims to address students' expectations of classroom pedagogy. It suggests that meeting students' specific expectations of teaching, one of the core educational processes, could impact the perception of the overall quality of the educational experience. Design/methodology/approach: A survey was administered to 372 first-year college students addressing their expectations regarding the use of various instructional pedagogies within the classroom and their desired or ideal classroom environment. A gap analysis was conducted between students' responses of the expected and the actual classroom environment. Findings: For eight of the 15 pedagogies, 25 percent or more of the students had a significant gap (greater than or equal to two) between their expected and actual classroom. The largest gap occurred in accessing the internet from class (34 percent) followed by the use of videos or DVDs (33 percent) and outside classroom assignments (30 percent). Research limitations/implications: A broader sample could be explored as well as how classroom environment impacts learning. Practical implications: This paper explores the impact of the expectations of one aspect of a student's educational experience, the pedagogies used in the classroom, and considers the impact on the perception of overall quality. Originality/value: Awareness of the gap between expectations of ideal classroom pedagogies and the actual learning environment is useful for educators to consider as they plan courses. Information on pedagogies to be used, presented early in the course, is suggested as a way to manage the gap. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia