Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes - NYTimes

Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes - NYTimes

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February 18, 2009 Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes By MAX ROOSEVELT Prof. Marshall Grossman has come to expect complaints whenever he returns graded papers in his English classes at the University of Maryland . “Many students come in with the conviction that they’ve worked hard and deserve a higher mark,” Professor Grossman said. “Some assert that they have never gotten a grade as low as this before.” He attributes those complaints to his students’ sense of entitlement. “I tell my classes that if they just do what they are supposed to do and meet the standard requirements, that they will earn a C,” he said. “That is the default grade. They see the default grade as an A.” A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found that a third of students surveyed said that they expected B’s just for attending lectures, and 40 percent said they deserved a B for completing the required reading. “I noticed an increased sense of entitlement in my students and wanted to discover what was causing it,” said Ellen Greenberger, the lead author of the study, called “Self-Entitled College Students: Contributions of Personality, Parenting, and Motivational Factors,” which appeared last year in The Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
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