Student perception of learning experience

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This piece will summarize some research on student perception of learning experience with a focus on project-oriented learning (including project-based, inquiry, problem-based, case-based).

Survey instruments


(randomly chosen)

Biggs , J.B. (1999) Teaching for Quality Learning (Buckingham, Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press).

Dochy, F., Segers, M., Bossche, P.V.D. et al., Students’ Perceptions of a Problem-Based Learning Environment, Learning Environ Research (2005) 8: 41.

  • Survey study

Entwistle , N.J. & Ramsden , P. (1983) Understanding Student Learning (London, Croom Helm)

Entwistle , N., Hanley , M. & Hounsell , D. (1979) Identifying distinctive approaches to studying, Higher Education, 8, pp. 365–380.

Habók, A., & Nagy, J. (2016). In-service teachers’ perceptions of project-based learning. SpringerPlus, 5, 83.

Li, D., Zhang, C., & He, Y. (2015). Project-based learning in teaching translation: students’ perceptions. The Interpreter and Translator Trainer, 9(1), 1-19.

Lizzio, A., Wilson, K., & Simons, R. (2002). University students' perceptions of the learning environment and academic outcomes: implications for theory and practice. Studies in Higher education, 27(1), 27-52.

  • Survey study

Sang V.N., Van N.T. (2016) Student Perception of Using Project-Based Learning (PjBL): A Case Study in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). In: Fook C., Sidhu G., Narasuman S., Fong L., Abdul Rahman S. (eds) 7th International Conference on University Learning and Teaching (InCULT 2014) Proceedings. Springer, Singapore,

  • Survey study

Ramsden , P. (1991) A performance indicatory of teaching quality in higher education: the Course Experience Questionnaire, Studies in Higher Education, 16, pp. 129–150.

Richardson , J.T.E. (1990) Reliability and replicability of the approaches to study questionnaire, Studies in Higher Education, 15, pp. 155–168.

Richardson , J.T.E. (1994) A British evaluation of the course experience questionnaire, Studies in Higher Education, 19, pp. 59–68.

Trigwell, K., Hazel, E., & Prosser, M. (1996). Perceptions of the learning environment and approaches to learning university science at the topic level. In Different approaches: Theory and practice in higher education. Proceedings, HERDSA Conference 1996, Perth, Western Australia, 8–12 July. Available from

Tynjälä, P. (1999). Towards expert knowledge? A comparison between a constructivist and a traditional learning environment in the university. International Journal of Educational Research, 31, 357–442.

  • A qualitative study that includes asking about perceptions