USING GROUP WORK TO IMPROVE GENERIC SKILLS OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING STUDENTS IN PREPARATION FOR THEIR ACCOUNTING CAREERS

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Moonsamy Naidoo

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This study examines the views of undergraduate management accountingstudents on their generic skills that were improved and those that requireimprovement before and after a group assignment. The study also soughtto assess whether an effective leader resulted in positive group outcomes.This paper replicates parts of the paper of Dyball et al. (2007) that focusedon the perceptions of students on the usefulness of assessed group workand whether the assessed group work was effective in transferring teamskills. Data in this study were collected via questionnaires completed by218 Management Accounting students enrolled in the course as part oftheir undergraduate studies in a Bachelor of Business degree at a Victorianuniversity in Australia. The current study finds that group assessmentscan be used as an alternative to traditional assessments in ManagementAccounting. Students felt that group assessments were a break fromformal tests and reduced their workloads as they share the tasks and couldrespond with better quality outputs. Students viewed group assessments asenabling them to be challenged, discuss different views and interact betterto achieve more positive outcomes. The study also examines methods toimprove work and to develop the role of group leaders further to ensurepositive group outcomes.

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NAIDOO, Moonsamy. USING GROUP WORK TO IMPROVE GENERIC SKILLS OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING STUDENTS IN PREPARATION FOR THEIR ACCOUNTING CAREERS. Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Journal, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 2, p. 107-139, dec. 2014. ISSN 2550-1631. Available at: <http://arionline.uitm.edu.my/ojs/index.php/APMAJ/article/view/9>. Date accessed: 21 may 2018.
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Management Accounting