Outcome Assessment of a Writing-Skill Improvement Initiative: Results and Methodological Implications

26 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2006

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Hollis Ashbaugh Skaife

Graduate School of Management, UC-Davis

Karla M. Zehms

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Accounting and Information Systems

Terry Warfield

University of Wisconsin - Wisconsin School of Business

Abstract

This paper reports the outcome assessement of an accounting department's writing-skill improvement initiative. The paper compares the writing skills of accounting students who participated in the writing initiative with the writing skills of other business students who did not participate. Results from both outcome assessment methodologies indicate that accounting students' writing skills improve as students participate in the writing initiative. This paper provides insight into the features of a successful writing initiative and offers methological suggestions for conducting outcome assessments of writing initiatives.

Suggested Citation

Skaife, Hollis Ashbaugh and Zehms, Karla M. and Warfield, Terry D., Outcome Assessment of a Writing-Skill Improvement Initiative: Results and Methodological Implications. Issues in Accounting Education, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 123-148, May 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=934199

Hollis Ashbaugh Skaife (Contact Author)

Graduate School of Management, UC-Davis ( email )

Graduate School of Management
1 Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Karla M. Zehms

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Accounting and Information Systems ( email )

School of Business
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
United States
608-234-1052 (Phone)
608-265-5031 (Fax)

Terry D. Warfield

University of Wisconsin - Wisconsin School of Business ( email )

716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

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