Engaging first year learners

creating learning pathways via relevance in an accounting decision-making course

Nicholas C. McGuigan, Kirsten MacDonald

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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 implemented interventions follows and the paper concludes with suggestions for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-161
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Learning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Copyright Common Ground and The Author/s. Article originally published in nal journal of learning, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 149-161. This version archived on behalf of the author/s and is available for individual, non-commercial use. Permission must be sought from the publisher to republish or reproduce or for any other purpose.


  • student perceptions
  • curriculum design
  • experiential learning
  • accounting education

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