Skip Navigation
Skip to contents

JEEHP : Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions


Author index

Page Path
HOME > Browse articles > Author index
Marcela Aguirre-Jerez 1 Article
Perceptions of the educational environment among undergraduate physical therapy students in a competency-based curriculum at the University of Chile  
Pablo Quiroga-Marabolí, Marcela Andrea Antúnez-Riveros, Marcela Aguirre-Jerez, Alvaro Besoain Saldaña, José Peralta-Camposano, María Pilar Ruiz de Gauna Bahillo
J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2019;16:9.   Published online April 29, 2019
  • 15,518 View
  • 283 Download
  • 3 Citations
AbstractAbstract PDFSupplementary Material
This study aimed to assess the educational environment (EE) among students in a physical therapy undergraduate program, to identify patterns in EE perceptions among the students by year, and to determine issues that should be addressed.
The Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) questionnaire was used to explore the relationships among the total mean score, subscales, and items in a competency-based curriculum in the physical therapy program at the University of Chile. The DREEM questionnaire was filled out by 166 of 244 students (68.03%), of whom 56.6% were men and 43.4% were women, with 75.9% between 19 and 23 years of age.
The total mean score (120.9/200) indicated that the EE was perceived as ‘more positive than negative.’ There were significant differences (P<0.05) between first-year students (113.41), who reported the lowest total mean score, and fourth-year students (126.60), who had the highest total mean score. Students rated their EE favorably on each subscale except social self-perceptions, which second-year students rated as ‘not too bad,’ and for which first-, third-, and fourth-year students gave a rating corresponding to ‘not a nice place.’ On the perceptions of teachers subscale, there were significant differences (P<0.05) between first-year students (28.05/44) and fourth-year students (32.24/44) and between second-year students (28.72/44) and fourth-year students (32.24/44). On the academic self-perceptions subscale, there were significant differences (P<0.05) between first-year students (18.12/32) and second-year (21.68/32), third-year (22.33/32), and fourth-year students (21.87/32).
Physical therapy students at the University of Chile had positive perceptions of their EE. First-year students rated the largest number of items as problematic. Improvements are required across the program in the specific subscales mentioned above.


Citations to this article as recorded by  
  • Perspective of educational environment on students’ perception of teaching and learning
    Falguni Singh, Monika Saini, Ashish Kumar, Seeram Ramakrishna, Mousumi Debnath
    Learning Environments Research.2023; 26(2): 337.     CrossRef
  • The Role of Teaching Hospital Characteristic in Achievement of Doctor Competency in Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta
    S A T S Estri, A Majdawati, W Kusumawati
    Journal of Physics: Conference Series.2020; 1471(1): 012038.     CrossRef
  • Perception of clinical educational environment by student of physiotherapy based on the Postgraduate Hospital Educational Environment Measurement Questionnaire in Chile
    Karen Córdova-León, Lincoyán Fernández-Huerta, Marcela Rojas-Vargas
    Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions.2019; 16: 16.     CrossRef

JEEHP : Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions