Higher Education

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 249–261

Student failure: Disintegrated patterns of study strategies and perceptions of the learning environment

Authors

  • N. J. Entwistle
    • Centre for Research on Learning and Instruction, University of Edinburgh
  • J. H. F. Meyer
    • Teaching Methods Unit, University of Cape Town
  • Hilary Tait
    • Centre for Research on Learning and Instruction, University of Edinburgh
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00137077

Cite this article as:
Entwistle, N.J., Meyer, J.H.F. & Tait, H. High Educ (1991) 21: 249. doi:10.1007/BF00137077

Abstract

Data describing students' study orientations, in relation to their evaluations of courses and their preferences for different kinds of learning environment, are reanalysed in the light of recent suggestions that failing students perceive their learning context in atypical ways. Factor analysis and unfolding analysis demonstrate that failing students show inter-relationships between study orientations and preferences for learning environments which point to a disintegration of the coherent patterns previously reported in the full achievement range. The implications of such a disintegration of coherent patterns of perceptions are discussed in the light of case studies of individual students.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991