Undergraduates’ personal circumstances, expectations and reasons for attending university

Balloo, Kieran ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1745-4653 and Pauli, Regina and Worrell, Marcia (2015) Undergraduates’ personal circumstances, expectations and reasons for attending university. Studies in Higher Education, 42 (8). pp. 1373-1384. ISSN 0307-5079

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Undergraduate students are likely to have a range of reasons for attending university and expectations about their education. The current study aimed to determine the most prevalent reasons and expectations among students, and how these differed based on their personal circumstances. First-year undergraduate psychology students completed a questionnaire on reasons for attending university and expectations of university regarding assessment, teaching, learning and organisational resources. Improving career prospects was found to be the most important reason for attending university. The most important aspect of assessment was receiving feedback clarifying things they did not understand. Being good at explaining things was the most important teaching quality. Reasons and expectations were also found to differ depending on students’ gender, age group, caring responsibilities, application route, fee status and whether English is their first language. Implications for educators are discussed in terms of bringing student experiences more in-line with their expectations.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2022 00:51
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2022 00:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: personal circumstances, expectations of university, reasons for attending university, transition, feedback, teaching quality
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1099623
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46279

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