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Using the Learning Orientation Questionnaire

for University-Based Research Purposes


The Learning Orientation Questionnaire (LOQ) is a survey that identifies an individual’s orientation to learn and measures learning ability—from a whole-person perspective. The research construct describes dominant psychological factors that influence learning. These factors suggest how learners want or intend to approach learning - generally or situationally. This whole-person perspective (including affective, conative, social, and cognitive factors) proposes a three-factor construct that considers the learner's

  1. emotional investment in learning (self-motivation)
  2. strategic self-directedness and effort (self-direction)
  3. independence or learning autonomy (automony)

The Learning Orientation (LOQ) is available for university-based research for free. Faculty or students may receive written permission to use the LOQ by writing to or calling 520.877.3991.


1 At the beginning of the study, provide an abstract describing the research, including study purpose and hypothesis. This abstract may be used in the Intentional Learning Newsletter to acquaint subscribers with your research.

2 At the end of the study, provide a second abstract describing study purpose, methods, analysis, results, and discussion. This abstract may be used in the Intentional Learning Newsletter to acquaint newsletter subscribers with your study results. Please send the final abstract within two months of receiving the final LOQ scores.

3. You will receive a hard copy of the 25-item Learning Orientation Questionnaire (request free research version) via email after your request has been received. You can administer this survey to a hundred (100) users at any time within three months. Additional free licenses can be requested. You need to request the LOQ when you are ready to use it.


You need to request the LOQ scoring spreadsheet when you are ready to score the LOQ results. Enter the LOQ scores for each user per survey item on the LOQ scoring Spreadsheet.  Once you've entered the scores for up to 100 users, you can send the spreadsheet to for scoring.


Scoring takes 1-2 weeks. Scores are returned to you in a spreadsheet. An LOQ Interpretation Guide appears at:


Permission is required to distribute, use, or reproduce all or any part of the Learning Orientation Questionnaire. Whenever the LOQ is used, it must carry this full notice:

Copyright (c) 1997 - 2006 by Margaret Martinez
The Learning Orientation Questionnaire is used and reproduced with copyright owner’s permission [Insert Date]. This survey may not be reproduced, displayed, reprinted, or redistributed without express permission from the owner. To obtain such permission, please send a message to or contact the owner at his URL address:


All resources and materials related to the Learning Orientation Questionnaire and made available for use is the copyrighted work of Margaret Martinez. Intellectual property, content, and documentation ownership is retained by the copyright holder. Ownership is not transferred to you; rather, you may be granted written permission to reprint, reproduce, or distribute the survey and parts of the related documentation.


We provide the Learning Orientation Questionnaire as a service to the educational research and learning community. Information and documents provided are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. We use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information; we do not, however, make any warranties or representations as to its accuracy, relevance, or completeness. Your use of the LOQ is at your own risk. Under no circumstances and under no legal theory shall we be liable to you or any other person for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any character arising from your access to, or use of, this instrument.


If you are interested in a free LOQ demo, click here, or if you would like to purchase LOQ licenses for future use, see:


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