ERIC Number: EJ1043434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Learning Studios for Introductory Accounting
Yourstone, Steven A.; Tepper, Robert J.
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v12 n4 p321-338 Oct 2014
Although originally designed for science courses, learning studios have been introduced at over 100 college campuses in a variety of disciplines. Our study focuses on the differences between classrooms designed as lecture spaces versus classrooms designed as learning studios. The impetus is the growing number of learning studios and proponents' claim of better collaboration and learning within them. Given the substantial cost of a learning studio and greater demand at the authors' university than supply, we questioned whether the university administration should be encouraged to build more. Learning studios are classrooms in which the seating arrangement places the students in a face-to-face orientation with one another. Our study measures the differences between learning studios and traditional classrooms both quantitatively and qualitatively. The learning studio did not result in higher retention rates (the percentage of students completing the course during the semester) or significant differences in total points earned by students in a learning studio compared to a traditional classroom. When examined by gender, however, a significant difference in total points is apparent. For all students in the study, the ability to interact with other students as well as the instructor was greater in the learning studio.
Descriptors: Accounting, Undergraduate Study, Cooperative Learning, Classroom Design, Outcomes of Education, Academic Persistence, Withdrawal (Education), Grades (Scholastic), Gender Differences, Interaction, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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