The Experience of Deep Learning by Accounting Students

26 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2011

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Martin Turner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rachel F. Baskerville

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Accounting and Commercial Law

Date Written: August 18, 2011

Abstract

Accounting students need to develop personal capabilities such as critical thinking, creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and teamwork, rather than simply reproduce technical accounting rules. To do this, they need to first experience deep learning. There is evidence a large proportion of students experience surface learning when studying accounting at university. This study examines how to support accounting students to experience deep learning. A sample of 81 students in a third year undergraduate accounting course was studied employing a phenomenographic research approach, using ten assessed learning tasks for each student (as well as a focus group and student surveys) to measure their experience of how they learn.

A key finding is that it is possible to support a large proportion of students to experience deep learning through use of Assessment involving individualised, authentic learning tasks with regular formative feedback as part of an integrated set of interventions (Teamwork, Teacher-Student Relationship and Instruction). An implication of this study is the need to support accounting students to experience deep learning in first year courses to enable them to develop personal capabilities in their later university studies.

Keywords: Accounting education, approach to learning, higher education, financial statement analysis, deep learning

JEL Classification: I20, M41

Suggested Citation

Turner, Martin and Baskerville, Rachel F., The Experience of Deep Learning by Accounting Students (August 18, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1912131 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1912131

Martin Turner

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Rachel F. Baskerville (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Accounting and Commercial Law ( email )

Faculty of Commerce and Administration
PO Box 600
Wellington
New Zealand
006444636951 (Phone)
006444635076 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacl/staff/rachel-baskerville.aspx

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