An investigation into the use of a blended model of learning in a first year accounting subject

Nona Muldoon, Nicholas Pawsey, Chrisann Palm

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Abstract

The weaknesses of 'traditional' modes of instruction in accounting education have been widely discussed. Many contend that the traditional approach limits the ability to provide opportunities for students to raise their competency level and allow them to apply knowledge and skills in professional problem solving situations. However, the recent body of literature suggests that accounting educators are indeed actively experimenting with 'non-traditional' and 'innovative' instructional approaches, where some authors clearly favour one approach over another. But can one instructional approach alone meet the necessary conditions for different learning objectives? Taking into account the ever changing landscape of not only business environments, but also the higher education sector, the premise guiding the collaborators in this research is that it is perhaps counter productive to promote competing dichotomous views of 'traditional' and 'non-traditional' instructional approaches to accounting education, and that the notion of 'blended learning' might provide a useful framework to enhance the learning and teaching of accounting. This paper reports on the first cycle of a longitudinal study, which explores the possibility of using blended learning in first year accounting at one campus of a large regional university. The critical elements of blended learning which emerged in the study are discussed and, consistent with the design-based research framework, the paper also identifies key design modifications for successive cycles of the research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAFAANZ Conference 2007
EditorsRobert Faff
Place of PublicationCarlton VIC
PublisherAFAANZ
Pages49
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAccounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference - Gold Coast, Australia, Australia
Duration: 01 Jul 200703 Jul 2007

Conference

ConferenceAccounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference
Country/TerritoryAustralia
Period01/07/0703/07/07

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