AIR Spring 2018

Using an Interactive Team-Based Activity to “Escape” Traditional Teaching Methods in an Introductory Financial Accounting Course


Chris McCullick, CPA, & Ashley Minnich, CPA, William Jewell College This paper will document the process of designing, constructing, and implementing an accounting-themed escape room. This activity was designed to capitalize on the massive popularity of escape-themed games, while also incorporating knowledge in the field of accounting. Through this activity, students in an introductory-level accounting course were provided with the opportunity to engage with financial accounting information in an interactive, team-based environment. Embedded in the activity’s design were course learning objectives that were matched with objectives in each of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Pre-Certification Core Competency Read More…

Intersections of Service Learning in an Introductory Accounting Project


Glenn Skrubbeltrang & Staci Kenno, Brock University

Experiential education, or more specifically in this case service learning, is becoming an important piece of post-secondary education.

We outline a Team Service Learning Project (See Appendix A) implemented in a first-year managerial accounting course at a Canadian institution and highlight how it relates to the academic, work and community aspects that are key to students’ learning experiences.

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Accounting Labs as Scaffolding: Effect on Student Learning & Performance in Introductory Accounting Courses


Devon Baranek, Nandini Chandar & Margaret O’Reilly-Allen, Rider University This paper analyzes the impact of creating a mandatory accounting lab intended to provide support and structure to freshmen accounting majors following a key departmental initiative to move the “Introduction to Accounting” course from the sophomore to the freshmen year. The goals of the accounting lab, facilitated by an outstanding upper-class accounting major are: (1) to increase understanding of classroom material through added explanations, reinforcement of key concepts, and additional practice and testing; (2) to help students transition from high school into college by providing added structure and support; (3) to Read More…

Do Learning Styles Matter in Introductory Accounting?


Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA, CMA, School of Accountancy, DePaul University What is the impact of learning styles on academic performance, especially in an introductory accounting course? Are certain learning styles more dominant than others for certain disciplines? This question was asked in a fine research article by two academics from New Zealand.1 By using major assessment methods in an introductory accounting course, students ‘learning styles were assessed using Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory Version 3.1, the authors find some interesting results that can help us be better teacher in introductory accounting. The results summarized in this Trends indicate that students’ academic performance Read More…