Challenging Assumptions in Accounting & Finance: Initial Reflections on the Role of a Subject Support Centre

Healy, Margaret and McCutcheon, Maeve and Carr, Michelle (2008) Challenging Assumptions in Accounting & Finance: Initial Reflections on the Role of a Subject Support Centre. [Conference Proceedings]

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Abstract

Subjects such as accounting and finance are taught on a diverse range of business courses and often as compulsory subjects. However, both research and anecdotal evidence suggest that for many students their experience of these disciplines is negative, rather than rewarding (c.f. Geiger and Ogilby, 2000; Mladenovic, 2000). Where third level education reinforces rather than challenges existing student mis-conceptions of particular subjects, students can suffer negative consequences through restricted subject choice, distorted career plans and difficulties with progression. In November 2007, an Accounting & Finance Support Centre was established at UCC, as an additional educational resource for students (from all 30programmes) experiencing difficulties with modules in Accounting or Finance. Using survey, interview and workshop evidence, this paper reflects upon the initial experiences of operating the centre, the practical difficulties encountered by both students and support centre staff and lecturers, and the role of support mechanisms in addressing barriers and misconceptions.Acknowledgement:This research project is funded by a grant from NAIRTL.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 21:25
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 21:25
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2464

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