Engaging First Year Learners: Creating Learning Pathways via Relevance in an Accounting Decision-Making Course

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This paper intends to explore student perspectives of engagement in an accounting decision-making course (Acct 102). The paper initially describes the context within which the action research takes place, including the nature of the course, its learning objectives and its educational philosophy. Using Cardno/Piggot-Irvine (1994) research model, three stages of action are documented, namely, reconnaissance, intervention and evaluation. Relevance, an identified key theme in the reconnaissance stage, is used to address the problem of student re-engagement in an introductory university course, with references to appropriate interventions and literature. An evaluation of the outlined interventions follows and the paper concludes with suggestions for further research.


Keywords: Student Learning, Action Research, Learner Experiences, Relevance, Engagement
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Engaging First Year Learners: Creating Learning Pathways via Relevance in an Accounting Decision-Making Course


Nicholas McGuigan

Lecturer, Centre of Accounting, Education and Research, Lincoln University
Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand


Kirsten MacDonald

Lecturer, Commerce Division, Lincoln University
Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand


Ref: L08P0105