ERIC Number: ED362226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Interdisciplinary Courses: Motivating Students To Understand Their Relevance and Applicability.
Roberts, David L.
For many students, required courses outside of their major represent necessary evils. At Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) in Utah, students majoring in finance and credit, management, and marketing are required to take accounting classes. To motivate these students, the Accounting Department has developed pedagogical techniques that emphasize the relevance and applicability of accounting classes to the non-accounting majors. One of the instructors' tasks is to break the stereotype of accountants as "bean counters," pointing to the communications skills, interpersonal skills, and organizational knowledge necessary for effective accounting work. When discussing a topic that is particularly relevant to a non-major student, instructors should ask them to relate its importance to their field. For example, the gross profit method of estimating ending inventory has particular relevance to marketing majors. Also, the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in accounting and related professions should be integrated into the curriculum. An interdisciplinary skill such as writing should not be taught, but rather used in writing assignments that demonstrate the work place relevance of the skill. For example, student journals require the use of informal writing skills, a knowledge of current events, and an acceptance of responsibility. Appendixes describe three interdisciplinary projects used by SLCC's accounting faculty, including Journal Entries; an Internal Control Case Study; and Group Presentations. (PAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Salt Lake Community Coll., UT.