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ERIC Number: ED404656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 5
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ISSN: ISSN-0897-263X
Changes in Accounting Education Include Increased Use of Writing Tasks.
McCleary, Bill
Composition Chronicle: Newsletter for Writing Teachers, v10 n3 p1-4 Apr 1997
The future of accounting education has already arrived at the Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois-Champaign, United States' top accounting school. "Project Discovery" is a 5-year-old program that incorporates many current trends in educational innovation, such as writing across the curriculum, collaborative learning, active learning, and learning concepts along with skills. The basic change is to use the case approach, giving students real examples of accounting problems to solve and then asking them to discuss and defend their solutions, often in teams or groups. Key to the success of Project Discovery has been Rama Ramamurthy, a composition and accounting specialist who works with professors and teaching assistants (TAs) in the development, integration, and grading of writing assignments. Ramamurthy meets with each instructor to discuss assignments and to help them avoid any pitfalls; she controls how many hours TAs work and how much graded writing can be assigned. She also trains the TAs. A major factor leading to more writing in the accounting program was a revision of the curriculum so that it centered on concepts rather than on accounting functions. Major courses are taught in decision making for accountancy, accounting measurement and disclosure, and accounting institutions and regulation. Project Discovery has worked where other curriculum revisions have not because it is based on sound principles. Further, it was well developed before it was introduced; faculty were given assistance in developing writing assignments; and TAs were well trained. (TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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