Students' approaches to assessment in accounting education : the unique student perspective

Watty, Kim, Jackson, Margaret and Yu, Xin 2010, Students' approaches to assessment in accounting education : the unique student perspective, Accounting education : an international journal, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 219-234.

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Title Students' approaches to assessment in accounting education : the unique student perspective
Author(s) Watty, Kim
Jackson, Margaret
Yu, Xin
Journal name Accounting education : an international journal
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 219
End page 234
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-06
ISSN 0963-9284
1468-4489
Keyword(s) accounting education
student approaches to learning (SAL)
intercultural classroom
communication skills
assessment
Summary In accounting education, most Student Approaches to Learning (SAL) research has investigated the relationship between students' performance and their approaches to learning. Relatively limited research has been conducted on how assessment practices influence the quality of students' learning from the students' perspective. This paper seeks to address this gap in the accounting education literature. The research is centred on a large Australian undergraduate accounting degree delivered in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Focus group interviews were conducted with students across the three locations. The research results reveal that: (1) it is the English competency of students that has the most important impact on students' completion of set assessment tasks and thus their approach to learning; (2) it is the way in which assessment is designed and written and the way lecturers convey their expectations about how assessment will be undertaken that is crucial to how students from various countries perform in that assessment; and (3) students' approaches to assessment and their preferred assessment tasks are not homogeneously based on cultural background.
Language eng
Field of Research 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
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