Int. J. of Accounting and Finance   »   2011 Vol.3, No.1



Title: Teaching the case method in an advanced management accounting course in a passive learning environment


Author: Nik Nazli Nik Ahmad


Address: Department of Accounting, Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, P.O. Box 10, Kuala Lumpur 50728, Malaysia


Abstract: This paper describes the experiences and challenges involved in teaching a case-based course in advanced management accounting to students in Malaysia, where the learning environment is more passive. The paper provides a detailed description of the course outline and course content as well as pedagogy and assessment of the Seminar in Cost and Management Accounting course in a large Malaysian public university. The paper, while acknowledging that case studies have numerous benefits, argues that instructors using this pedagogy in a passive learning environment need to adapt the approach to enhance learning. The paper then proceeds with recommendations for instructors, universities and educational authorities to resolve the many problems faced by accounting educators teaching case-based courses in a passive learning environment. Possible avenues for future research are also discussed.


Keywords: advanced management accounting; passive learning environments; case studies; Malaysia; higher education; accounting education; course content; pedagogy; course assessment.


DOI: 10.1504/IJAF.2011.042219


Int. J. of Accounting and Finance, 2011 Vol.3, No.1, pp.33 - 48


Available online: 31 Aug 2011



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