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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Alqahtani, Abdulmuhsen
URN etd-02112007-191344
Title An Exploratory Study of Students' Expectations of Different Academic Programs: English language-related programs as a case study
Degree PhD
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Salmon, Richard G. Committee Chair
Alexander, M. David Committee Member
Fortune, Jimmie C. Committee Member
Riad, Sedki Mohamed Committee Member
Keywords
  • Students' expectations
  • program of study
Date of Defense 2007-02-09
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This study aimed at investigating the differences in expectations between students with respect to their chosen programs between two English degree programs (Arts and Education). Eight research questions were formulated to pursue the purpose of this study. 351 students of English from the College of Education and the Faculty of Arts constituted the sample. The data was collected randomly through the use of survey questionnaire and was analyzed with the use of SPSS v11.0. Frequencies and percentage distributions as well as two independent-samples t-test statistical procedures were used to analyze the collected data.

In general, the results showed that students' expectations played an important role in students' choice of the preferred program of study with respect to English language programs. Based on a given context, students were found to hold what could be termed 'global' expectations where students show similar expectation, and 'program-related' expectations. One main conclusion drawn from this study was that students' expectations were vital in students' decision to invest in continued participating in education. Students were significantly statistically differentiated as a function of different expectations, particularly economic expectations. However, expectations were not just confined to pecuniary benefits; students tended to value the non-pecuniary benefits as well. Hence, students, along with their expectations should be included in evaluating or revising the academic programs instead of relying thoroughly on signals coming from the labor market and employers. Implications for educational policies and recommendations for future research were included as well.

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