Supporting Students in the Transition to Higher Education: Evidence from a Mobile App in Accounting Education

34 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2022

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Johannes Voshaar

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics - Chair of Accounting and Control

Janik Ole Wecks

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics - Chair of Accounting and Control

Florian Johannsen

University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden

Martin Knipp

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics - Chair of Accounting and Control

Thomas R. Loy

University of Bremen

Jochen Zimmermann

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics; University of Bremen - Chair of Accounting and Control

Date Written: November 16, 2022

Abstract

High drop-out rates among students endanger the goal of improving the quality of higher education. In the student lifecycle, the "transition-in" phase is particularly critical, as most premature drop-outs happen in this phase. Thus, universities and society need to find solutions to help students manage the challenges of the "transition-in" phase. We examine whether a mobile learning application designed and developed for the particular needs of business and economics students at a German university can support these students in this crucial phase. Using two well-established models - the "five senses of student success" and "student approaches to learning" (i.e., strategic, deep, or surface learning), we document that the mobile solution proposed here is well suited to support success factors that are essential for the "transition-in" phase. Hence we could show that app usage can positively affect students' sense of capability, resourcefulness, and the strategic approach while mitigating the surface approach.

Keywords: Student Approaches to Learning, Five Senses of Student Success, Student Lifecycle, "Transition-in" Phase, Mobile Learning, Accounting Education

JEL Classification: I23

Suggested Citation

Voshaar, Johannes and Wecks, Janik Ole and Johannsen, Florian and Knipp, Martin and Loy, Thomas R. and Zimmermann, Jochen and Zimmermann, Jochen, Supporting Students in the Transition to Higher Education: Evidence from a Mobile App in Accounting Education (November 16, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4278505 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4278505

Johannes Voshaar (Contact Author)

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics - Chair of Accounting and Control ( email )

Bremen, D-28359
Germany

Janik Ole Wecks

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics - Chair of Accounting and Control ( email )

Bremen, D-28359
Germany

Florian Johannsen

University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden ( email )

Am Blechhammer 4-9
Schmalkalden, 98574

Martin Knipp

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics - Chair of Accounting and Control ( email )

Bremen, D-28359
Germany

Thomas R. Loy

University of Bremen ( email )

Universitaetsallee GW I
Bremen, D-28334
Germany

Jochen Zimmermann

University of Bremen - Chair of Accounting and Control ( email )

Universitaetsallee GW I
Bremen, D-28334
Germany
+49 421 218-9119 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.controlling.uni-bremen.de

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics ( email )

Hochschulring 4
Germany
+49 421 218 9121 (Phone)

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