The relationship between learning approaches and learning outcomes: a study of Irish accounting students

Byrne, Marann and Flood, Barbara and Willis, Pauline (2002) The relationship between learning approaches and learning outcomes: a study of Irish accounting students. pp. 27-42. ISSN 0963-9284

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Abstract

The higher education literature demonstrates that a student's approach to learning is a critical factor in determining the quality of the learning outcome. This is the first study undertaken in an Irish context which examines the relationship between accounting students' approaches to learning and their learning outcomes. The Approaches and Study Skills Inventory for Students (ASSIST) is used to measure the approaches to learning adopted by first year students in their study of management accounting. Students' learning outcomes are represented by their performance in the various assessment components of that module. Gender differences are specifically considered in this study. The analysis reveals that for the full group the deep and strategic approaches are positively associated with high academic performance and the instrumental approach is associated with poor performance. This relationship exists for female students but, surprisingly, there is little evidence of a relationship between performance and learning approaches for male students. This may be explained by male students failing to effectively report their actual approach to learning.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2015 15:23
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 15:24
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/1904

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