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Do approaches to learning affect academic performance of business ethics students?

Mohd Radzi, Zaza Eliza and Ismail, Suhaiza (2012) Do approaches to learning affect academic performance of business ethics students? In: 2nd Accounting Research and Education Conference 2012, 22-23 February 2012, Universiti Teknologi Mara Malaysia, Shah Alam. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Purpose: The objectives of this study are to explore the approaches to learning Business Ethics course adopted by students and to examine the impact of learning approaches on academic performances of Business Ethics course. Methodology: A questionnaire survey was administered to 209 students taking Business Ethics course in a higher learning institution in Malaysia. The Approaches and Study Skills Inventory for Students (ASSIST) was used to assess the learning approaches adopted by students, whilst the study used Final Examination to measure students’ academic performance. Findings: The results indicate that majority students, both male and female groups prefer to use deep approach in studying Business Ethics. The findings also reveal that there are significant positive relationships between deep and strategic approaches and academic performance. On the other hand, there is a significant negative relationship between surface approach and examination result. Research Limitations: The limitation of this study is in terms of the generalisability of the result as the sample size only covers one semester of students taking the course, thus the results may be unrepresentative to other batches of students taking the course in the other semesters. Moreover, this study only used an instrument, ASSIST to examine students’ learning approaches, thus this study may not have access to rich and detailed source of qualitative variation as could be obtained if phenomenography (interview method) is used. Practical/ Theoretical Implications: In terms of theoretical implications, this study contributes to the literatures on approaches to learning by using ASSIST as not many studies to date use ASSIST to measure the students’ approaches to learning. In terms of practical implications, this study may provide guidance to educators to adopt effective teaching strategies to improve student learning by encouraging the right approaches to learning in order to improve students’ academic performance. Keywords: learning approaches, academic performance, ASSIST, gender, ethical judgment

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 5672/21264
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning approaches, academic performance, ASSIST, gender, ethical judgment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H62 Study and teaching. Research
L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Accounting
Depositing User: Assoc Prof. Dr. Suhaiza Ismail
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 14:07
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2014 17:22
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/21264

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