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Tackling an accounting coursework assignment - action research on the student perspective

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Abstract:

The study focused upon first year undergraduates' experiences and perceptions of a major coursework assignment in accounting. The context was a modular programme with several hundred students from many different courses taking a common first year, first semester introductory accounting module. In the role of a reflective practitioner, the author adopted an action research approach, and gathered various forms of evidence including in-depth interviews with four students at key points during and after completion of their courseworks. The main issues highlighted were: (1) the effect which the university, as a new environment, has on learning in the early weeks of a course, and the fractured nature of learning in a semesterized course; (2) the personal strategies which students adopt for scheduling time on coursework, and the way in which this may differ from the expectations of staff; (3) the variety of learning approaches represented within the student group. These issues are reflected upon and implications for both the author's practice and for other practitioners are considered.

Keywords: ACCOUNTING COURSEWORK; ACTION RESEARCH; APPROACHES TO LEARNING; INTERVIEWS; PERSPECTIVE; STUDENT; UNDERGRADUATES' EARLY EXPERIENCES

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/096392898331090

Publication date: December 1, 1998

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