Use of Information and Communication Technologies in the Classroom: An Exploratory Study in Professional Military Education

  • Nuno Alberto Rodrigues Santos LoureiroEmail author
  • Lúcio Agostinho Barreiros dos Santos
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 152)


The study focuses on the use of information and communication technologies in professional military education, delimited to the present moment and to the current professors and students of the Portuguese Armed Forces Military University Institute. This study aims to analyse the relationship between ICT and teaching–learning methodologies in the context of professional military education, with emphasis on the concept of innovation in the classroom, on teaching–learning styles and on the role of ICTs in learning. The study is based on a mixed research strategy combining deductive and inductive approaches, materialized in a case study, with data collected through questionnaires, interviews and documentary analysis. This article focuses on the conceptual framework and its interconnection with the methodological strategy for the empirical study. The results presented refer to the pilot validation test of the data collection instruments and indicate that, in general, students and teachers share the same teaching–learning styles, both students and teachers show a good propensity to use ICT in the classroom and an almost complete substitution of traditional lessons, lectures and conferences by distance learning with a face-to-face approach in the discussion of case studies is possible.


Professional military education Teaching–learning methodologies Information and communication technologies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nuno Alberto Rodrigues Santos Loureiro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lúcio Agostinho Barreiros dos Santos
    • 1
  1. 1.Military University Institute Research and Development Centre (CIDIUM)Military University InstituteLisbonPortugal

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