Factors Associated with Student Performance in Advanced Accounting and Contemporary Financial Accounting Issues: An Empirical Study in a Commuter University

23 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2010

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Mostafa M. Maksy

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - Department of Business Administration - College of Business

Lin Zheng

Mercer University-Atlanta

Date Written: December 7, 2010

Abstract

No prior study that we are aware of has considered the associations between motivation, actual ability, self-perceived ability, and distraction factors and student performance in advanced level undergraduate accounting courses. This study considers the associations between these four factors and student performance in Advanced Accounting and Contemporary Financial Accounting Issues. Students enrolled in a highly diversified, commuter, public university located in one of the largest cities in the United States provided responses to 12 questions used as independent variables.

Of the three variables used as proxies for motivation, the grade the student would like to make in the course was found to be significantly associated with student performance, but intention to take the CPA exam or attend graduate school were not. Additionally, the grade in Intermediate Accounting II and GPA (used as proxies for actual ability) were found to be strong predictors of student performance. Self-perceived reading and listening abilities had moderate associations with student performance, but self-perceived writing and math abilities did not.

Finally, holding non-accounting-related jobs, working high numbers of hours per week, and taking on higher course loads during the semester are factors which were, surprisingly, not significantly correlated with student performance. One important implication of this study is that accounting faculty need to find ways to motivate their students, but need not discourage them to take more courses per semester or work more hours per week outside of school.

Keywords: student performance, motivation, ability, student survey, advanced accounting, financial accounting

JEL Classification: I21, M41

Suggested Citation

Maksy, Mostafa M. and Zheng, Lin, Factors Associated with Student Performance in Advanced Accounting and Contemporary Financial Accounting Issues: An Empirical Study in a Commuter University (December 7, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1721762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1721762

Mostafa M. Maksy (Contact Author)

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - Department of Business Administration - College of Business ( email )

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Lin Zheng

Mercer University-Atlanta ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30341-4155
United States

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