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To further analyze the relatedness of instructor to student perceptions of learner-centeredness, we compared independent cluster dendrograms based on section-averaged primary subscale responses. Dendrogram nodes were rotated to best align clusters of sections between student and instructor perspectives (Fig 3). Some pairs of course sections (i.e., 2 and 4; 11 and 12; 7 and 9; 5 and 6; and 8 and 10) were taught by the same instructor, thus their faculty survey scores are identical. In grouping course sections by student primary subscales (Fig 3A), we identified two main clusters with 50% information remaining. The first student cluster (top cluster; Fig 3A) included three course sections (i.e. 2, 12, and 4) in which students tended to have higher ETL, KLA, and deep scores and lower surface scores; this first group was categorized as the more learner-centered group in which learning was based on deep approaches. Interestingly, this cluster also included more of the low enrollment course sections (mean = 57.67 students per section, range = 48–75 students). The second student cluster (bottom cluster; Fig 3A) included nine course sections (i.e. 11, 10, 1, 8, 3, 6, 7, 5, and 9) in which students tended to have low ETL, KLA, and deep scores and high surface scores; this second group was categorized as the more non-learner-centered group in which learning was based on surface approaches. Interestingly, this cluster also appeared to include more of the higher enrollment course sections (mean = 102.67 students per section, range = 16–391 students).

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