A study of students' perceptions of the usefulness of case studies for the development of finance and accounting-related skills and knowledge

Sidney Weil, Peter Oyelere, Joanna Yeoh, Colin Firer

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Abstract

Recent accounting and finance education literature indicates a trend towards an increasing use of case studies. The literature in this field is primarily descriptive, with no empirical evidence on the use or effectiveness of the method. This study examines students' perceptions of the use of case studies and the potential influences of gender and prior academic performance on such perceptions. The study focuses, in particular, on students' perceptions about whether case studies develop particular skills suggested in the literature. The questionnaire-based study was conducted in a postgraduate (Honours) class at a South African university. Analyses of the results reveal significant differences in students' perceptions of the benefits of the use of cases. Gender and prior academic performance-based differences in perception were also found. The study is useful for educators who use, or intend to use, case studies, as it highlights issues, such as the learning objectives of the course, which need to be addressed prior to curriculum design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-146
Number of pages24
JournalAccounting Education
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Case Studies Student Perceptions Skills Knowledge Gender Prior Academic Performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Education

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