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ERIC Number: EJ1056168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1942-2504
Engaging Accounting Students: How to Teach Principles of Accounting in Creative and Exciting Ways
Jaijairam, Paul
American Journal of Business Education, v5 n1 p75-78 2012
Many students in secondary and post-secondary institutions generally have a difficult time grasping the concepts of accounting. This article contends that it is not the subject matter that is dry, but rather the methods in which faculty have traditionally presented accounting fundamentals and principles. Departing from standard lectures and textbook assignments can result in a higher level of student engagement through hands-on activities. Presenting accounting principles in student-centered and computer-based learning environments can demonstrate the practicality and necessity of the subject, particularly as a foundation for many career options. This article explores various pedagogical approaches that veteran accounting instructors have successfully used to make accounting attractive and enlightening for students, including blended learning, activity-based modules, games, mentorships, and Internet research and computer simulations. These methods provide opportunities for students to learn with real-life accounting situations. Finally, this article contends that blended learning can meaningfully improve both test scores and knowledge levels of students by discussing the positive empirical results from a recent community college's decision to implement a student-centered pilot program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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