The role of computer assisted learning packages in determining learning outcomes of accounting students

McDowall, Tracey and Jackling, Beverley 2005, The role of computer assisted learning packages in determining learning outcomes of accounting students, in International Conference on Innovation in Accounting Teaching and Learning 2005, [Innovation in Accounting Teaching and Learning Conference], [Hobart, Tas.], pp. 1-20.

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Title The role of computer assisted learning packages in determining learning outcomes of accounting students
Author(s) McDowall, Tracey
Jackling, Beverley
Conference name Innovation in Accounting Teaching and Learning Conference (2005: Hobart, Tas.)
Conference location Hobart, Tasmania
Conference dates 6-8 February 2005
Title of proceedings International Conference on Innovation in Accounting Teaching and Learning 2005
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2005
Conference series Innovation in Accounting Teaching and Learning Conference
Start page 1
End page 20
Publisher [Innovation in Accounting Teaching and Learning Conference]
Place of publication [Hobart, Tas.]
Summary This study examines the factors affecting student performance in an undergraduate financial accounting course, utilising Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) and use of a commercial software package. Multiple regression analysis was undertaken to examine the influences of perceptions of CAL and QuickBooks Pro, together with background variables such as gender, entry pathway and prior knowledge had on student performance. The results show that perceptions of CAL together with entry pathway were significant predictors of student performance. However, perceptions of the ,usefulness of QuickBooks Pro, prior studies of accounting and computing, together with gender, were not significant influences on performance. In terms of entry pathway it was found that International students, many of whom entered the university at the second year level having obtained advanced standing credits, had significantly poorer performance than local students. This result may be attributed to transitional problems experienced by these students, given their different pathways to university study.

The results have implications for accounting educators utilising CAL in courses as a means of improving students understanding of accounting concepts. The study also provides reflections on the use of CAL and a commercial software package as a means of providing efficient and effective educational instruction to maximise learning outcomes in accounting.
Language eng
Field of Research 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2005, University of Tasmania
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005578

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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