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Are two teachers better than one?

M.L. van Oordt (Department of Taxation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa)
T. van Oordt (Department of Taxation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa)
P. du Toit (Department of Humanities Education, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa)

Meditari Accountancy Research

ISSN: 2049-372X

Article publication date: 11 November 2014




This paper aims to focus on the thinking styles of a group of Accounting students, and to determine whether team teaching by two criteria-specific lecturers can be an effective collaborative teaching approach to accommodate students’ diverse learning preferences. Research on thinking and learning processes led to a four-quadrant whole-brain model of people’s thinking styles and associated learning preferences. The model can be used to identify and accommodate students’ diverse thinking styles and learning preferences.


A case study approach was followed, using multiple data collection methods. The thinking styles of 288 students and two lecturers were surveyed using a thinking style questionnaire and the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument. The results of the collaborative teaching approach were obtained by way of a survey questionnaire providing both quantitative and qualitative feedback, as well as a SWOT analysis completed by the involved lecturers.


The main results suggest that a collaborative teaching approach can address students’ diverse learning preferences, although some students may find constant switching between lecturers distracting.

Research limitations/implications

The collaborative teaching approach in the teaching interaction cannot be isolated. Collaborative teaching was not repeated or extended due to resource constraints.


Academics from all disciplines recognise a need for a teaching practice that addresses students’ diverse learning preferences. Hitherto, outside of special education, collaborative teaching has received little scholarly attention, especially as an approach to address tertiary students’ diverse learning preferences.



van Oordt, M.L., van Oordt, T. and du Toit, P. (2014), "Are two teachers better than one?", Meditari Accountancy Research, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 165-185.



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