Students’ perception about the educational environment in a physiotherapy college in India using DREEM Questionnaire

Suvarna Ganvir, Shyam Ganvir


The objective of this study was to know the perception of students about overall educational environment in a Physiotherapy College using Dundee Ready education environmental measure questionnaire so that a corrective action can be taken if needed.

A Cross sectional study was undertaken wherein 79 students of all professional years participated voluntarily. DREEM has 50 items, each rated from 0-4 (Likert scale: 0, strongly disagree to 4, strongly agree). It measures five domains: students’ perceptions of learning; perceptions of teachers; academic self-perception; perceptions of the atmosphere; and social self-perception.

Overall score of the questionnaire was 138 which is interpreted as ‘more positive than negative’. The three highest rated items were knowledgeable teachers, relevance of teaching to clinical practice, and confidence about passing; whereas the problematic areas were a poor support system for stressed students, poor feedback by the teachers.  Five domains in the DREEM indicated that students' perception of learning was positive, and their perceptions of the teachers were that they were “moving in the right direction”. Their academic self-perception & their perception of atmosphere was positive. The students' social self-perception was “not too bad”.

The perception of students put the institute in the highest but one category. This indicates that there is a good standard maintained by the institute but there is a definite scope of improvement.  Strengths & weaknesses identified through the analysis will help the course organisers to take definitive steps in the direction of improvement.


Keywords: Perception, Educational, Learning environment, Students

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