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Accounting and business students’ approaches to learning: A longitudinal study

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Ballantine, Joan, Duff, Angus and McCourt Larres, Patricia (2008) Accounting and business students’ approaches to learning: A longitudinal study. Journal of Accounting Education, 26 (4). pp. 188-201. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jaccedu.2009.03.001


This study reports the results of an investigation into the learning approaches of undergraduate accounting and business students from three universities in Ireland who were exposed to a learning environment, namely the case study method, which aimed toencourage a deep approach to learning. In order to assess the effectiveness of the intervention, the ASSIST research instrument was used to investigate changes in students’ approaches to learning over time. Consistent with previous research, this study considerswhether gender is related to students’ approaches to learning over time and if there are differences between students majoring in accounting or business in their approaches to learning. The results of the study indicate that the case study intervention was successful in some respects. However, contrary to expectations, an overall statistically significant increase in students’ surface approach to learning was found. Additionally, it is reported that changes in students’ approaches to learning over time are not associated withgender or degree program. The results of this study offer insights to accounting educators developing educational interventions to encourage deep approaches to learning.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School
Ulster Business School > Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:8991
Deposited By:Professor Joan Ballantine
Deposited On:20 Jan 2010 16:21
Last Modified:09 Nov 2012 11:36

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