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Case studies in a passive learning environment: some Malaysian evidence

Nik Nazli Nik Ahmad (Department of Accounting, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Maliah Sulaiman (Department of Accounting, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Accounting Research Journal

ISSN: 1030-9616

Article publication date: 25 November 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore accounting students' perceived usefulness of case studies in Malaysia, which has a more passive learning environment, and if gender, prior academic performance and prior exposure to case studies influenced students' perceptions.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire survey on students' perceived usefulness of case studies based on Weil et al. was used with final-year students enrolled in an advanced management accounting course. The data were gathered over two semesters in 2006/2007.

Findings

Findings reveal that generally students felt that the case method was very useful and gave them numerous benefits. However, there were no significant differences in the perceived usefulness of case studies across gender and prior academic performance. Some differences were observed between students with prior exposure to case studies and students without such exposure, in that students without prior exposure perceived higher benefits of case studies.

Research limitations/implications

The study showed that students in a passive learning environment generally find case studies to be very beneficial.

Practical implications

The case approach should be used more extensively and introduced earlier in accounting undergraduate programmes.

Originality/value

This study is one of very few studies which have investigated students' perceived usefulness of case studies, in a developing country, Malaysia, where a more passive learning environment exists – addressing an important gap in the accounting education literature.

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Acknowledgements

JEL classification – M40, M49The authors wish to gratefully acknowledge assistance received from Dr Zamzulaila Zakaria from the International Islamic University Malaysia during the initial phase of the study. The authors are also indebted to the anonymous reviewers and the Journal Editor for the insightful comments which helped to strengthen the paper.

Citation

Nazli Nik Ahmad, N. and Sulaiman, M. (2013), "Case studies in a passive learning environment: some Malaysian evidence", Accounting Research Journal, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 173-196. https://doi.org/10.1108/ARJ-10-2012-0082

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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