Saturday, April 1, 11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Concurrent session 6E - Technology in the Classroom (Teaching and Curriculum)
Title: Bloomís Taxonomy and Alternative Formats of Accounting Online Courses: Analysis Based on Studentsí Characteristics and Perceptions
|Edgard B. Cornachione, Jr.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ABSTRACT: This study focuses on studentsí characteristics and perceptions of four alternative course formats, and appropriateness of these formats in terms of educational objectives. A total of 151 students from a top-ranked accounting program of the largest Brazilian public research university participated as subjects of this study. The research instrument used here was elaborated based on previous studies and on interviews with specialists of both fields (education and accounting) in Brazil and USA. Findings include studentsí concerns about very innovative ways of dealing with accounting education, but did not present evidence of resistance. For each proposed distinct accounting program (e.g., undergraduate or graduate), there was a pattern of decreasing perception of appropriateness of course format: from traditional to online. Students confirmed high levels of relevance when analyzing educational objectives (Bloomís taxonomy), and they also considered all alternative course formats well aligned with the educational objectives. Based on several independent variables of this study, two distinct dimensions of influence, in terms of innovative educational settings, were observed: socio-cultural (e.g., reading preferences) and techno-structural (e.g., internet access).