Sink or Skim: Students' Textbook Use in Introductory Accounting

44 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2006

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Barbara J. Phillips

University of Saskatchewan - College of Commerce

Fred Phillips

University of Saskatchewan

Abstract

Despite the significant emphasis that most instructors place on textbooks in introductory accounting courses, little research exists to describe how students use and interact with their textbooks. Using learning journals, 172 undergraduate students provided detailed, real-time accounts of their experiences with 13 chapters of an introductory financial accounting textbook. This paper reports the results of qualitative and quantitative analyses that begin to characterize textbook use from a student perspective. These results provide guidance for instructors wanting to understand student reading behaviors such as reading strategies, timing strategies, and differences between strong and weak students. In addition, in each of these areas, we identify important and interesting questions to direct future research.

Keywords: Textbook, Reading, Study Strategies, Grounded Theory, Qualitative Research

JEL Classification: A23, M40

Suggested Citation

Phillips, Barbara J. and Phillips, Fred, Sink or Skim: Students' Textbook Use in Introductory Accounting. Issues in Accounting Education, February 2007 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=879503

Barbara J. Phillips

University of Saskatchewan - College of Commerce ( email )

Saskatoon S7N 5A7, Saskatchewan
Canada
306-966-8440 (Phone)

Fred Phillips (Contact Author)

University of Saskatchewan ( email )

Edwards School of Business
25 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A7
Canada
306-966-8401 (Phone)
306-966-2514 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://edwards.usask.ca/faculty/Fred%20Phillips/index.html

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