How teaching obstructs student preparation
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Research shows that students often turn up inadequately prepared to participate in courses. It also shows that teachers unintentionally create and reinforce this tendency which is aggravated by organizational structures.
This paper will discuss this phenomenon drawing on international research as well as findings from my PhD project at Roskilde University (RUC), Denmark. Through active course observation and interviews with students and teachers, I am currently investigating correlations and discrepancies between teachers’ and students’ attitudes and experiences related to university teaching and learning. One of the most striking discrepancies is related to student preparation. I argue that the inconsistency between teachers’ intentional and actual behavior can be a serious obstacle to the development of desirable student culture.