Mismatched Expectations

Instructors and students can sometimes have mismatched expectations. Here are some examples:

  • Your expectations may not be at a level where the student is in his/her education
  • Your expectations may not be the same as the school/institution [1]
  • The student may not have reached the level appropriate for this placement
  • Misunderstanding about what the expectations are for clinical placement by either the student or the preceptor [2]

[1] Langlois, J. P., & Thach, S. (2000). Preventing the Difficult Learning Situation. Family Medicine, 32(4), 232-234.
[2] Brown, T., Williams, B., Mckenna, L., Palermo, C., McCall, L., Roller, L., Hewitt, L., Molloy, L., Baird, M., & Aldabah, L. (2011). Practice education learning environments: The mismatch between perceived and preferred expectations of undergraduate health science students. Nurse Education Today 31, e22–e28.