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Relationships between vocational interests and learning approaches to advance the quality of student learning in accounting

McDowall, Tracey, Jackling, Beverley and Natoli, Riccardo 2015, Relationships between vocational interests and learning approaches to advance the quality of student learning in accounting, Accounting education, vol. 24, no. 6, Special issue : RMIT Accounting Educators' Conference 2014, pp. 498-513, doi: 10.1080/09639284.2015.1113140.

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Title Relationships between vocational interests and learning approaches to advance the quality of student learning in accounting
Author(s) McDowall, Tracey
Jackling, Beverley
Natoli, Riccardo
Journal name Accounting education
Volume number 24
Issue number 6
Season Special issue : RMIT Accounting Educators' Conference 2014
Start page 498
End page 513
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0963-9284
1468-4489
Keyword(s) Student learning
vocational interests
accounting
approaches to learning
Summary This study investigates the influence of vocational interests on the learning approach of accounting students at the undergraduate level. It brings together two theoretical models: vocational interests and approaches to learning, to investigate student learning in the accounting discipline. The research focus is supported by more general findings from the education literature which suggest that interest-oriented learning leads to superior approaches to learning. The research was tested using 917 tertiary accounting students across two universities. The associations between vocational interests and learning approaches provide support for the theoretical model linking vocational interests (e.g. conventional) with deep learning approaches in a tertiary accounting environment. There are practical implications for the teaching of accounting with particular reference to whether the current curriculum reinforces the values of those individuals with conventional interests.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09639284.2015.1113140
Field of Research 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081741

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Department of Accounting
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