Academic Entitlement: Exploring Definitions and Dimensions of Entitled Students

By Jill A. Singleton-Jackson, Dennis L. Jackson and Jeffrey Reinhardt.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Academic entitlement as an area of study is gaining momentum in educational research The research described in this paper attempts to promote an understanding of academic/student entitlement that can lend itself to increased understanding of student entitlement that will allow educators and students to be successful and achieve their individual and common goals. Both qualitative and quantitative data are provided. Additionally, understanding student entitlement by considering the impact on higher education of both Millennials and the corporatization of universities is explored. The need for researchers to clearly define the construct of academic entitlement while arguing that the definition of academic entitlement should be consistent with the definitions of psychological entitlement is addressed. This article proposes a definition and suggests that different research teams working in the area should communicate with the intent of developing a common definition of academic entitlement. Four dimensions of student entitlement are proposed (accommodation, reward for effort, control, and product value) and the correlations between student entitlement and learning orientation are presented.

Keywords: Academic Entitlement, Student Entitlement, Higher Education, Millennials

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.229-236. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 608.522KB).

Dr. Jill A. Singleton-Jackson

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Jill Singleton-Jackson received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She teaches psychology courses and is also the developer and coordinator of the Foundations of Academic Writing courses, which enroll over 2000 students per term, for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Engineering at the University of Windsor. Her research interests include student writing proficiency and academic entitlement.

Dr. Dennis L. Jackson

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Jeffrey Reinhardt

Graduate Student, Department of Psychology, Applied Social Area, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada


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