UNDERGRADUATES’ PERCEPTION AND EXPECTATION OF UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

Mehmet Şaban Akgül

Abstract


The current study aimed to investigate undergraduates’ perception and expectation of university education, what degree their expectations were met, how they regard a qualified lecturer and what they think of their dream departments. The participants were 71 female undergraduates, ranging in age from 18 to 22 from Tokat Gaziosmanpaşa University, Turkey, in the 2020 – 2021 Academic Year. Data were collected in written with open-ended questions and were performed content analysis. The participants’ statements showed that a university mostly associates future anxiety and finance, a lecturer is expected to place importance on morality, science is the most expected aspect of a university, their departments mostly met what they have expected, and a university is supposed to meet learners’ social needs. On the other hand, the number of the ones who could not find the chance to study at their dream departments due to some reasons is remarkable. Drawing upon the results, it may be recommended that undergraduates’ perception of a university should be science rather than future anxiety and finance, their negative opinions about lecturers should be converted to positive, and if required, academic staff, principals and families should be given seminars in order to help meet undergraduates’ positive expectations.

 

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perception of university, lecturer, expectation, science, future anxiety

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