Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New study shows college students expect good grades just for showing up

Given the interest and scholarship generated by legal writing professors regarding the reliability of student evaluations generally and, more specifically, the research showing a correlation between expected grades and student rating of professors, I thought some of you might be interested in this article from yesterday's NYT:  "Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes."

Among other things, the study by University of California researchers suggests that college students may develop a sense of entitlement in high school that if they do the reading and show up for class, they should get a "good" grade.  In response to this phenomenon, at least one university has started a program to help college freshmen learn about what it means to, well, learn. 

The full study by Professor Ellen Greenberger is entitled “Self-Entitled College Students: Contributions of Personality, Parenting, and Motivational Factors,” and can be found in The Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

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Why should this suprise anyone? We live in a country where our political leaders have taken the position that you can buy a home just by showing up at a lending institution.

And now we're paying for it.

Posted by: SAM | Feb 18, 2009 7:42:40 PM

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