Exploring Learning Styles in a Portuguese Engineering School: Are They Different in Different Courses?

Marina Sousa, Eunice Fontão


The Kolb model is widely used to analyze the learning style of engineering students; however, there are no published studies carried out in Portugal. This study was applied to students who had just began there courses at a Portuguese engineering school. This study object is to assess whether there is a clearly majority learning style; whether there are differences in the learning style among all students and between students in the industrial management course and those in the technological engineering courses. The results allow the pedagogical practice improvement in the classroom regarding the effectiveness increase of the teaching process. This study results also allow improving the way students approach the study, overcoming difficulties in understanding the topics studied, improving the construction of their skills and increasing the quality of the learning process.


learning; learning styles; Kolb learning styles inventory; engineering education; experiential learning; vocational predictor

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International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP) – eISSN: 2192-4880
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