Facilitating student learning in accounting through scaffolded assessment

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Abraham, Anne and Jones, Hazel. 2016. "Facilitating student learning in accounting through scaffolded assessment ." Issues in Accounting Education. 31 (1), pp. 29-49. https://doi.org/10.2308/iace-51320
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Facilitating student learning in accounting through scaffolded assessment

ERA Journal ID36352
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAbraham, Anne (Author) and Jones, Hazel (Author)
Journal TitleIssues in Accounting Education
Journal Citation31 (1), pp. 29-49
Number of Pages21
Year2016
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0739-3172
1558-7983
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2308/iace-51320
Web Address (URL)http://aaajournals.org/doi/abs/10.2308/iace-51320
Abstract

With the emergence of new sets of technological tools, university students are now offered more authentic learning experiences involving real-world, complex problems and their solutions. This focus on problem-based activities and case studies has produced a learning environment that is inherently multidisciplinary. This paper reports on the development of a scaffolded learning assignment with blended components applied in an accounting subject that was taught in a cross-disciplinary setting. The assignment was developed in a socio-cultural context, based on a Vygotskian approach and this paper details its design and development. The five stages of the assignment were carefully scaffolded and included elements of individual and group tasks, finishing with an individual reflection on the process. Formative assessment and associated feedback are important elements of the scaffolding and thus the paper reports both the design and implementation of the assignment, and provides qualitative feedback from students regarding how completing the assignment enhanced their learning in accounting. The paper concludes with suggestions for further applications for the learning design of the assignment.

Keywordsscaffolding; blended learning; accounting education; assessment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
350199. Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified
390103. Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Western Sydney
Australian Digital Futures Institute
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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