e-Journal of Business Education and Scholarship Teaching

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Vol. 7, No. 2, 2013

The Relevance of Business Law Education for Future Accountants: A New Zealand Perspective
ABSTRACTThe importance of business law education is emphasised by the fact that there is a compulsory commercial law topic in the academic requirements for a chartered accountants' programme of study. However, researchers over time have pointed out that...
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Helping Undergraduates Think like A CEO: The APPLE Analysis as a Teaching Tool for Strategic Management
ABSTRACTThis paper presents a class assignment, entitled the APPLE Analysis, for developing pre-analysis comprehension about company conditions, resources and challenges as a part of the undergraduate strategic management capstone course. Because undergraduate...
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Using Conversational Learning to Enhance Teaching of Diversity
ABSTRACTTo function in today's diverse and multicultural environment, workers must be properly prepared; yet teaching diversity is not an easy task. This article explores some of the challenges of diversity and proposes the use of conversational learning...
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Integrating Conceptual and Quantitative Knowledge
ABSTRACTThere has been an emphasis in some science courses to focus more on teaching conceptual knowledge. Though certain innovations have been successful in increasing student conceptual knowledge, performance on quantitative problem-solving tasks often...
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A String Search Marketing Application Using Visual Programming
ABSTRACTThis paper demonstrates the use of programing software that provides the student programmer visual cues to construct the code to a student programming assignment. This method does not disregard or minimize the syntax or required logical constructs....
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Vol. 7, No. 2, July

A String Search Marketing Application Using Visual Programming
JEL Classification: A22, C02 PsycINFO Classification: 3530 FoR Codes: 0803; 1302 Introduction--More Than Just A Problem Too often the first step after the professor hands out the next programming assignment is the rush to the computer keyboard....
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Using Conversational Learning to Enhance Teaching of Diversity
JEL Classification: M10 PsycINFO Classification: 3410 FoR Code: 1302 Introduction Globalization and increased diversity in our workforce have made it essential that we prepare workers for diverse and multicultural environments. Organizations...
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Helping Undergraduates Think like a CEO: The APPLE Analysis as a Teaching Tool for Strategic Management
JEL Classification: M10 PsycINFO Classification: 3410 FoR Code:1302; 1503 Introduction Strategic Management is traditionally offered as a capstone course in colleges of business. Classic strategic management scholars noted that strategic...
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The Relevance of Business Law Education for Future Accountants: A New Zealand Perspective
JEL Classification: K10; M40 PsycINFO Classification: 3410 FoR Code: 1302; 1501 Introduction In today's litigious environment, it is crucial that businesspersons have at least a basic legal education in order to help them to properly recognise...
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Integrating Conceptual and Quantitative Knowledge
JEL Classification: A22; E00 PsycINFO Classification: 3410 FoR Code: 1302; 1402 Introduction In many science courses, there has been an increased focus at the university level towards conceptual knowledge (Gooding & Metz, 2011). This...
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Vol. 7, No. 1, 2013

Accounting Education and the Provision of Soft Skills: Implications of the Recent NZICA CA Academic Requirement Changes
ABSTRACTThis research examined the role of accounting education in the provision of soft skills to accounting graduates, and how this may be affected by the recent changes in academic requirements initiated by NZICA. A qualitative research method utilizing...
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Clinical Supervision in Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Review of the Literature
ABSTRACTThe concept of clinical supervision to facilitate the clinical education environment in undergraduate nursing students is well discussed within the literature. Despite the many models of clinical supervision described within the literature there...
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Mathematics in Finance and Economics: Importance of Teaching Higher Order Mathematical Thinking Skills in Finance
ABSTRACTThis paper addresses the importance of teaching mathematics in business and finance schools of tertiary institutions of Australia. The paper explores the nature of thinking and reasoning required for advancement financial or economic studies...
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An Approach to Improving the Learning Experience for First Year Accounting Curriculum
ABSTRACTThe purpose of this paper is to present a theoretical model to address design and assessment of accounting practice sets that will enhance learning and provide clearer learning outcomes for first year accounting students. The paper explores extant...
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Vol. 7, No. 1, January

Clinical Supervision in Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Review of the Literature
JEL Classification: I20; I21 PsycINFO Classification: 3530 FoR Code: 1110; 1302 Introduction There has been recent media attention in Australia surrounding the shortfall of nursing jobs, particularly for new graduate nurses (HealthWorkforce...
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An Approach to Improving the Learning Experience for First Year Accounting Curriculum
JEL Classification: A22, C02 PsycINFO Classification: 3530 FoR Codes: 1302; 1501 Introduction First year accounting education is now confronted with the need for a teaching strategy that that can improve learning outcomes in an era when...
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Accounting Education and the Provision of Soft Skills: Implications of the Recent NZICA CA Academic Requirement Changes
JEL Classification: I20; I21 PsycINFO Classification: 3530 FoR Code: 1399; 1501 Introduction Over the past two decades, the business world has witnessed a dramatic change due to technology, business complexity, and globalisation. As a result,...
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Mathematics in Finance and Economics: Importance of Teaching Higher Order Mathematical Thinking Skills in Finance
JEL Classification: A22, C02 PsycINFO Classification: 3530 FoR Code: 1302; 1502 Introduction Years of lecturing mathematics and statistics and researching student learning allow lecturers at university to gain some knowledge about the many...
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Vol. 6, No. 2, 2012

The Future of Australian E-Learning: It's All about Access
ABSTRACTThis article clarifies the interdependence between high-speed broadband and e-Learning. It does this by identifying the importance of the internet for Australia's education future and the importance of education for the future of the internet....
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Self-Directed Student Work Groups Using Blended Learning
AbstractThis paper provides a description of an innovative teaching approach designed to facilitate student work groups using a blended learning approach that incorporates both traditional face-to-face teaching methods and an online student work group...
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Vol. 6, No. 2, July

The Future of Australian E-Learning: It's All about Access
Introduction "The story of the adoption of technology is as old as humankind itself. We invent something, we use it, we become accustomed to it..." (Mackay, 1999) Laptops, smart phones and smart devices appear to be everywhere and many universities...
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Self-Directed Student Work Groups Using Blended Learning
Introduction Contemporary organisations have adopted collaborative job designs and interdependent work practices cementing the importance of work groups as a device for enhancing business efficiency and effectiveness. Thus the structure of many...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, 2012

Embedding English Language in an Accounting Subject: A Case of Interactive Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Learning
AbstractThe paper outlines the development of a flow-chart solutions as the first step towards the development of a computer-based tool to enhance students' learning of the topic 'The IASB Framework.' The co-ordinator of a Financial Accounting subject...
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Burnt at the Student Evaluation Stake - the Penalty for Failing Students
ABSTRACTStudent Evaluations of Teaching (SET) are a common device for assessing units and teaching ability in higher education. Despite the wealth of research in the area of SETs, little has been done to examine student and academic perceptions of SETs....
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Creating the Need to Access Peer Knowledge: Changing the Learning Culture in Teacher Education through Learning Design
ABSTRACTOver the years, traditional teacher-centric and content driven teaching explanations in textbooks and unit outlines have been infused with student-centric pedagogical descriptors. How these rhetorical changes have affected teaching and learning...
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Student Engagement, Problem Based Learning and Teaching Law to Business Students
ABSTRACTTeaching Law to Business students presents particular challenges. Chief among them is the need to engage students with legal material and a legal method while presenting a context for understanding that is relevant to their program of choice....
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Vol. 6, No. 1, January

Burnt at the Student Evaluation Stake-The Penalty for Failing Students
Introduction Student Evaluations of Teaching (SET) is a formal process in higher education that typically occurs at the end of the unit. Students are asked to fill in a survey (either paper-based or online) to provide feedback on the teaching staff...
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Embedding English Language in an Accounting Subject: A Case of Interactive Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Learning
Introduction The paper outlines the process of developing a flow-chart solution as a first step towards the development of a computer-based tool to enhance English language skill of accounting students through interdisciplinary collaboration and...
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Creating the Need to Access Peer Knowledge: Changing the Learning Culture in Teacher Education through Learning Design
Introduction Informal, nonformal and incidental learning seem to gain traction in higher education and elsewhere. However, changing formal and entrenched learning and teaching cultures in school education, higher and further education is not easy,...
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Student Engagement, Problem Based Learning and Teaching Law to Business Students
Introduction Do you ever ask yourself, when you're teaching, how much are my students taking in; is there a better way to learn the same material; are they really learning to think for themselves and developing skills that will be useful later in...
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Vol. 5, No. 2, July

Constrained by Ideology: Attitudinal Barriers to Undergraduate Research in Australian Teacher Education
Introduction To explore creatively the nature of work in the 21st century, we must challenge many of our deeply held assumptions, beliefs and perspectives. (Kelly, 2008, p. 21) The current push for 21st century knowledge and skills development...
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Communities of Practice: Building Organisational Capability through an Undergraduate Assurance of Learning Program
Introduction In an atmosphere of change tertiary institutions throughout Australia are currently addressing questions of quality assurance in learning and teaching. "Quality assurance" is defined as the process by which educational institutions...
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Embedding Indigenous Perspectives in Business Law
Introduction Overview of the National and University Context Embedding Indigenous perspectives in curriculum is a process which has been undertaken by a range of disciplines in universities across Australia. The Faculty of Law, Business and Creative...
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Developing an "Entrepreneurial Mindset" in Business Communication Courses: A Case Analysis
Introduction The study of learners' expectations of various aspects of quality teaching has become prominent in the last two decades (Addison, Best, & Warrington, 2006; Ferreira & Santoso, 2008). As education is a dynamic human activity...
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Plagiarism: Proactive Prevention Instead of Reactive Punishment
Introduction The detection of plagiarism and the resulting administration of punitive measures against students accused of plagiarism is an incredibly time-consuming exercise for academics. Academic integrity is an essential graduate attribute and...
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Vol. 5, No. 1, January

Students' Expectations of Teaching: The Business, Accounting and Economics Experience
Introduction The study of learners' expectations of various aspects of quality teaching has become prominent in the last two decades (Addison, Best, & Warrington, 2006; Ferreira & Santoso, 2008). As education is a dynamic human activity...
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The Implementation of Authentic Activities for Learning: A Case Study in Finance Education
Introduction Most students studying finance enter the working world without sufficient familiarity with the environment that they will be engaged with. This environment includes the challenges of dealing with imperfect information, complex tasks,...
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Scaffolding Systemic and Creative Thinking: A Hybrid Learning Sciences-Decision Support Approach
Introduction Most students studying finance enter the working world without sufficient familiarity with the environment that they will be engaged with. This environment includes the challenges of dealing with imperfect information, complex tasks,...
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Post-PC Devices: A Summary of Early iPad Technology Adoption in Tertiary Environments
Introduction In 2010 Apple released its much anticipated tablet computing device into the market. The nature of the device and its utility was much debated prior to and immediately after its launch. Opinions were divided as to whether the device...
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The New Academic Work
Introduction The fundamental historical pressure of a capitalist economy is a drive to extend the logic of the market into more and more areas of social activity. Whilst it has happened only recently to them, universities are being brought into...
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Vol. 4, No. 2, July

Enhancing the International Student Experience with Community Engagement: A Conceptual Model
Introduction The landscape of international education is changing. Students are seeking opportunities that are not only advantageous to their academic agenda, but also to their social and professional development within a global context (Marginson,...
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Education into Employment? Indonesian Women and Moving from Business Education into Professional Participation
Introduction A quiet revolution has been taking place in women's accounting education in Indonesia over the past decade. The number of women completing tertiary level accounting studies in both public and private Indonesian Universities has begun...
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A Pilot Study into International Students' Academic Culture: The Context of Indian Business Students in an Australian University
Introduction The academic problems faced by international students pursuing higher education are discussed in a number of studies (Johnson 2008; Barron 2006; Asmar 2005; Leder & Forgasz 2004; Meiras 2004; Robertson, Line, Jones & Thomas...
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Foundations of University Learning and Teaching: A Reflection on the Curriculum Alignment
Introduction The university sector in Australia has in more recent times focused on achieving a balance between research and teaching (Kulski & Groombridge, 2004). Where in the past universities were rewarded in terms of funding by the Federal...
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Vol. 4, No. 1, January

Using Smartphones and Facebook in a Major Assessment: The Student Experience
Introduction Technology is now a Key Learning Area in primary and secondary schools (Finger, 2002). It is regarded as an essential component even from the earliest of primary school classes. In secondary schooling, technology is also playing an...
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Reward through Collective Reflection: An Autoethnography
Introduction The aim of this paper is to demonstrate through example the possible rewards of engaging in collective reflection. This paper is about the journey of our team upon enlightenment of our vocational practices and personal strengths instigated...
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Critical Thinking and Organisation Theory: Embedding a Process to Encourage Graduate Capabilities
Introduction Both employers and students are insisting that business courses provide participants with the ability to understand and interact with the ever-changing business environment. Undergraduate management courses are increasingly encouraged...
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The Penny Drops: Can Work Integrated Learning Improve Students' Learning?
Introduction The performance of Australian universities in terms of learning and teaching has received increasing attention in recent times, including the employability/work readiness of graduates. In terms of graduates, employers perceive that...
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Marketing Australian Higher Education at the Turn of the 21st Century: A Precis of Reforms, Commercialisation and the New University Hierarchy
Introduction Australian higher education literature chronicles a number of critical turning points in the industry that have changed the character and hierarchy of institutions. The partial commercialisation and corporatisation of higher education...
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Vol. 3, No. 2, July

First Year Students' Perspectives of Learning Engagement: The Centrality of Responsivity
Introduction The first year student experience has become an area of interest for many universities both in Australia and overseas, and as a result, institutions now monitor with increasing intensity the experiences of their first year student population....
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COAST Maps: A Simple Visual Tool for Articulating Key Elements of the First-Year Learning Experience within Course Development
COAST Maps for integrated first-year curriculum development There is growing interest in Australia in what universities can and should be doing to better orientate and support first-year students educationally, socially and personally (Kift, 2004)....
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Developing a Three-Way Collaborative Model to Promote First Year Student Engagement and Skill Support
Introduction Recent discourse about the First Year Experience (FYE) advocate that in order to engage students, course delivery needs to be reconceptualised in terms of a holistic approach involving both academics and support staff (Kift & Nelson,...
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Pocket Books of Engagement: A 'Just-in-Time' Framework for a High Quality First Year Student Experience
Introduction In the next decade, a central, national benchmark for tertiary institutions will be the extent to which students are provided with a stimulating and rewarding higher education experience. To some degree, this shift has already begun...
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First-Year Experience: A Selective Annotated Bibliography
Introduction In recent years the focus on the First-Year Experience (FYE) of students has grown as a result of greater attention to the attrition rates being experienced by Australian universities. This has been given prominence by the instigation...
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Scholarly Peer Review Aimed at Enhancing the First-Year Student Learning Experience
Introduction The importance of student engagement has gained considerable attention in recent years in light of the growing evidence from various studies in Australia (McInnis 2001; Krause, Hartley, James & McInnis 2005; Kift 2003, 2008) and...
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Vol. 3, No. 1, January

An Activity-Based Costing Assessment Task: Using an Excel Spreadsheet
Introduction Activity-Based Costing (ABC) is a relatively well known alternative method, to the traditional standard cost approach, for calculating the cost of products or services (Miller 1996; Gunasekaran et al 1999). Johnson (1988) stated that...
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Powerpoint with Audio: A Breeze to Enhance the Student Learning Experience
Introduction Advances in educational and communications technology, combined with the changing needs of today's technology-savvy students, a greater appreciation of various learning styles and modal preferences, and increasing competition in the...
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Click Go the Students, Click-Click-Click: The Efficacy of a Student Response System for Engaging Students to Improve Feedback and Performance
Introduction How many academics have presented a lecture to a room of students over one, two, or three hours with little interaction or feedback to indicate how well the students understand the material presented? It would therefore be valuable...
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Computer-Mediated Education: The Relationship between Computer Access, Tutorial Attendance and Student Grades
Introduction Enrolments in the Australian higher education sector have increased over the past twenty years. Indeed, at any one time more than one in three Australians is a student, with increasing numbers of them being mature age and working full-...
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Vol. 2, No. 2, July

Can 'Homo Spiritualis' Replace Homo Economicus in the Business Curriculum?
Introduction Between 1986 and 1995, the U.S. experienced the Savings and Loan crisis in which 1,043 banks failed with a cost to U.S. taxpayers of about $124 billion (Curry and Shibut, 2000). This was followed by several colossal corporate scandals...
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Student Peer Assisted Mentoring (SPAM): A Conceptual Framework
Introduction This paper is a reflection on the development of strategies to assist students in their learning process and thereby motivate them to remain committed to completing their higher education. The goals are therefore to support the learning...
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In Defence of the Lecture: Strategies to Assist in Active Learning Experiences in Accounting Units
Introduction As the costs associated with providing higher education today continue to rise, universities are being forced to discover other ways of finding funds and reducing costs to ensure an equitable distribution among the various colleges...
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Motivating Creativity through Appropriate Assessment: Lessons for Management Accounting Educators
Introduction The importance of teaching thinking skills, including the ability to identify novel and effective solutions to unstructured problems, has long been considered an important goal for educators. It is particularly important for educators...
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Vol. 2, No. 1, January

The Value of Prerequisites: A Link between Understanding and Progression
Abstract This paper contributes to the debate about the value of discipline-specific prerequisites. The study compared the results of students from 2003 to 2006 completing the subject Principles of Finance and who had completed the subject Business...
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A Semester with a "Dr Fox": The Need to Go beyond SETS
Abstract Most higher education institutions use some form of Student Evaluations of Teaching (SET) in order to gather information to gauge teaching performance and unit suitability. The value of SETs has come under increasing scrutiny, particularly...
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The Relevance of a Marketing Degree: Employers' Perceptions of Marketing Graduates in Australia
Abstract Australian Universities strive to provide students with a set of skills that are useful to employers. The Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) have established a set of guidelines required by all graduates in Australia,...
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Vol. 1, No. 1, January

Attitudes of Distance Education Students towards Compulsory Virtual Teamwork in an Undergraduate Business Course
Abstract Today's global business environment, requires business graduates to have the skills to work as members of virtual teams. Online interaction and team-based online assessment in business education courses allows students with to experience...
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Team Assessment Task for Management Accounting: A Divisional Management Case Study Approach
Abstract Quality teaching in higher education promotes students' understanding of core concepts and encourages them to engage with the subject matter. Transfer pricing problems provide an excellent illustration of the way accounting information...
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A Team Assessment Task for Sustainable Tourism: Review of a Media Report
Abstract The aim of using a Media Report as a teaching assessment task is to motivate students to focus on issues that can impact on the Tourism industry. Selected media reports are an ideal source for critical analysis of media influences on viewers,...
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Achieving Deep Learning with Student Teamwork: An Exploratory Investigation
Abstract There is strong evidence to suggest that student-to-student interaction, both formal and spontaneous, can enrich learning outcomes. It has also been established that employers value students who have problem solving skills and who can work...
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Accelerating Learning in Marketing Education Using Teams: Principles and Practice
Abstract Accelerated learning is an integrative method of learning, combining both sides of the brain to strengthen a student's relationship with self, teacher, subject matter and other students, and so assists students to achieve deep, rather than...
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Evaluating Short-Term and Long-Term Peer Assessment of Student Teamwork
Abstract The lack of individual reward for individual effort is a major concern for many university film and video students undertaking group-based projects. Peer assessment is often used to derive individual marks from group projects, and because...
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Teamwork and Assessment: A Critique
Abstract Australian universities commonly cite "teamwork" as a graduate attribute and an integral part of their set of flexible and transferable skills suitable for different types of employment. This paper raises concerns as to whether teamwork...
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