Title

Learning Styles of Engineering Technology and Engineering Students: Pedagogical Implication

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Publication Source

Journal of Engineering Technology

Volume

25

Issue

1

Inclusive pages

10-17

Publisher

American Society for Engineering Education * Engineering Technology Division

Place of Publication

United States

ISBN/ISSN

07479964

Abstract

The results of the first major survey of the learning styles of engineering technology students are reported and compared - with previous surveys of the learning styles of engineering students. Similarity in terms of learning styles for engineering technology and engineering students is a tacit assumption of surveys of engineering students, but several variations, determined from this survey, appear significant. The greatest difference found in learning-style preference is that engineering technology students prefer sensory/earning over intuitive learning by a large margin - when compared to engineering students. When considering student matriculation within the survey results, a considerably higher retention of sequential learners was found for engineering technology students. Variations and similarities between the engineering technology and the engineering disciplines are explained in terms of subject matter and teaching methodology.

Disciplines

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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