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The Student-Faculty Chasm: Looking at Where Student and Faculty Expectations Meet and Diverge

What happens when faculty and student course expectations do not align? Not only can dissatisfaction within a course develop, but learning is also reduced. We performed two mirrored studies to assess student course expectations, and faculty's perception of these expectations. We looked at 19 student expectations, for 8 of these there were significant differences between student expectations, and faculty perceptions. Furthermore, when we examined what was most valued by both groups, significant differences were found. We will present the most striking differences and discuss what impacts this knowledge can have on learning and pedagogies.
Elise Larsen, University of Maryland College Park
Hameed Badaway, University of Maryland College Park