Learning communities - creating positive outcomes for students in large accounting classes through mentoring

Kavanagh, Marie (2005) Learning communities - creating positive outcomes for students in large accounting classes through mentoring. In: Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA 2005), 7–10 Aug 2005, San Francisco, United States.


Teaching staff in large classes are faced with students from different social/cultural backgrounds, and varying levels of education who bring with them different needs and academic potential. The trick is to create a suitable learning environment. This session will illustrate how a multi level approach has been used to create and maintain a networked community of learners who support one another through peer learning/mentoring in a large undergraduate accounting class. Traditional methods were adapted, supported by the use of technology and virtual teaming to provide more effective communication and greater learning support. The learning experience is enhanced using peer mentors who facilitate and support interactive case studies and create a student-centered social learning environment facilitated by an online website 'Peer Place'. Both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection are being employed to assess responses of students, mentors and staff to the new learning environment. Results suggest that peer mentors help to develop in younger students a strong sense of belonging to the learning community, a greater commitment to their studies which is positively reflected in student results.

Attendees will learn about how the program operates and how it is evaluated, be able to view copies of the resources involved and gain an insight into the support required in terms of staff and technology to maintain the program.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Unable to source copy of publication.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Accounting
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 02:32
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 05:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning strategies; peer learning; peer mentoring; accounting class
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6398

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