Learning diversity: A comparative study of on-campus and off-campus accounting students

Kay Plummer, Warwick Baines

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paperpeer-review


The aim of the authors has been to understand accounting student learning mode preferences so that instruction can be designed specifically towards those preferences and also to identify predominant learning preferences. When teachers understand the preferences of students but need to use different modes of presentation because these modes better fit the content being delivered and the skills being developed, teachers can better prepare their students for learning if the teachers are aware of the preferred learning modalities. Students in on and off-campus study in first year accounting were surveyed using the Perceptual Learning Style Preference Questionnaire to identify their preferred sensory learning modalities. Results indicate that auditory learning is highly regarded by both cohorts even though it has not traditionally been used for off-campus students. The use of web-based technologies to provide audio material to off-campus students is recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding our accounting community
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherAmerican Accounting Association
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAmerican Accounting Association (AAA) Conference - Anaheim USA, New Zealand
Duration: 03 Aug 200806 Aug 2008


ConferenceAmerican Accounting Association (AAA) Conference
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


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