Students’ perceptions of the academic environment and approaches to studying in British postgraduate business education

Haoda Sun, John T.E. Richardson
  • Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, March 2015, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2015.1017755

Students’ perceptions of the academic environment and approaches to studying in business education

What is it about?

Recent research on student learning in higher education has identified clear associations between variations in students’ perceptions of the academic environment and variations in their study behaviour. This study investigated a general theoretical model linking students’ demographic characteristics, perceptions, and study behaviour with measures of outcome and in particular compared three accounts of the causal relationship between perceptions and study behaviour. Data were obtained from 469 po

Why is it important?

The causal relationship between students’ perceptions of the academic environment and their approaches to studying appears to be bidirectional in nature. From a practical point of view, this means that accounts of students’ perceptions of the quality of their programmes and accounts of the approaches to studying that they adopt on those programmes complement each other in illuminating the nature of their experience.

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