A Study on Learning Style Preferences of Chinese Medical Students

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 269)


With the fast development of China, today’s medical students in China are very diverse in education backgrounds, experiences, culture, and learning styles. There are four major sensory modes of learning: visual (V), auditory (A), reading-writing (R), or kinesthetic (K). To determine whether a particular teaching method might satisfy the requirement of students, a learning preference survey with the VARK questionnaire was given to our second-year medical students of Zhejiang University City College School of Medicine. As a result, 98 of 133 students (74 %) returned the completed questionnaire. Only 14.3 % of the students preferred a single mode of information presentation. In contrast, most students (85.7 %) preferred multiple modes of information presentation. The current result suggests that medical instructors in China should be aware of the student’s individual preferences in order to make the educational experience more productive and enjoyable.


Learning styles Medical education Preference Physiology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of MedicineZhejiang University City CollegeHangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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