‘Gaps’ between first year architecture students’ expectations of university life and realities of study

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    Shannon, Susan J.
    2007 Conference Papers
    Built Environment


ABSTRACT: In 2006 the University of Adelaide instituted a University-wide Orientation Week evaluation of
commencing students’ expectation of University life – the so-called First Year Expectation Survey (Turnbull
et al., 2006). Analysed by all areas overall, the survey outcomes provide the first opportunity to compare
the expectations of first year students at the University of Adelaide with their counterparts nationally
(Krause, Hartley, James and McInnes, 2005). Analysed by School cohorts, this survey provides an
opportunity to understand the differences between the expectations and motivations of students
commencing Design Studies in the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, and
all other commencing students. Data collection was repeated in 2007 throughout the University, including
in this School.

This paper describes the demographics of the student cohorts 2006 and 2007, and the expectations of the
University of Adelaide Bachelor of Design Studies students for 2006 and 2007, and contrasts those
expectations with their counterparts elsewhere in the University and nationally. The paper then describes
“the gap” between B. Design Studies students’ expectations and what can reasonably be resourced and
delivered in the School. It describes the benefits which derive from being aware of the profile of
commencing students, their beliefs and expectations.


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