Author

Bethany Burge

Date Approved

2007

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen Jefferson

Second Advisor

Dr. Alida Westman

Abstract

Students who endorse the culture of student consumerism do not presume higher education to involve effort, challenge or negative evaluation, but rather expect to be given high grades for being tuition-payers and class attendees. I hypothesize that the interplay between students’ perceptions of teacher effectiveness and their individual pupil performance is influenced by student consumerism and reinforced to promote or dissuade student achievement. Depending on the degree to which the student endorses student consumerism, this interplay can also impact the actual grades the students earn.

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