Higher Education

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 17–30 | Cite as

Approaches to learning, their context and relationship to assessment performance

  • J. B. Beckwith


Relationships between approaches to learning, as measured by the Study Process Questionnaire (SPQ), prior knowledge of subject area, and performance on a multiple-choice test following a 15 × 2 hour unit in basic psychology were investigated. Subjects were 105 first year tertiary students, of mean age 19.9 years, and predominantly female (82.9%). Approaches to learning were unrelated to assessment performance, and prior knowledge did not relate to a deep approach although it did predict performance. The findings were interpreted in terms of additional elements in the teaching-learning process, and the role of the SPQ was seen as a stimulus to thinking about that process.


Prior Knowledge Subject Area Assessment Performance Additional Element Deep Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. B. Beckwith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Intellectual Disability StudiesPhillip Institute of TechnologyBundooraAustralia

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