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Investigating the Effects of Group Response Systems on Student Satisfaction, Learning and Engagement in Accounting Education


Alan Webb


University of Waterloo - School of Accounting and Finance

Carla Carnaghan


University of Lethbridge - Faculty of Management

December 2006


Abstract:     
Our study examines the educational use of group response systems (GRS), also known as "clickers". We use theories of learning and prior research on GRS to provide a possible rationale for GRS vendors' claims that the technology improves student engagement and feedback, and thus indirectly improves learning. We then employ an experimental approach, with survey data as well as more objective measures, to test our resulting hypotheses.

In the context of an introductory management accounting course, we find support for student satisfaction with GRS, but limited evidence that this results in improvements in course satisfaction. We also find that GRS learning effects are conditional on the type of exam question, but not by students' learning ability. Contrary to our prediction, we find a moderately significant decline in engagement, as proxied by the average number of questions asked per student, when GRS were used. We discuss possible reasons for these findings, and suggest some issues for future research.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: group response systems, clickers, learning, interactive pedagogy, engagement, satisfaction

JEL Classification: M49, M40, A20

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Date posted: January 27, 2007  

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Webb, Alan and Carnaghan, Carla, Investigating the Effects of Group Response Systems on Student Satisfaction, Learning and Engagement in Accounting Education (December 2006). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=959370 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.959370

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Alan Webb
University of Waterloo - School of Accounting and Finance ( email )
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Canada
Carla Carnaghan (Contact Author)
University of Lethbridge - Faculty of Management ( email )
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta TIK 3M4
Canada
403 329-2351 (Phone)
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