Students actually do sometimes listen to what we say and observe what we do. In addition to learning accounting in the introductory course, students often take away life lessons that have nothing to do with accounting per se. These intended and even unintended messages about behavior, attitude, philosophy, and so many other issues may initially appear as little things of no lasting importance. But in spite of the pressures of outcomes assessment on faculty, and perhaps because of the heuristic experience for students, these little things can be big. The purpose of this paper is to remind instructors about the importance of these little things.
This article is from the Accounting Instructors’ Report, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.
Gregory C. Yost, University of West Florida