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Seven disagreements about cooperative learning

Evelien Opdecam UGent and Patricia Everaert UGent (2018) Accounting Education. 27(3). p.223-233
abstract
Accounting education faces significant challenges in many countries as it seeks to meet the demand of the profession in the twenty-first century. One of those requirements is that young professionals have teamwork skills. Therefore, many universities include group work activities in their curriculum. In the daily experience, however, students and instructors sometimes hold negative feelings about cooperative learning. Therefore, this article addresses seven disagreements on cooperative learning, frequently mentioned by students and instructors. In particular, (1) group work is only invented to reduce grading time; (2) putting students into a group turns them automatically into a team; (3) teamwork certainly has a positive effect on student satisfaction; (4) free riding, social loafing, or a reduction in effort are simply inevitable; (5) peer assessment solves all problems; (6) guiding teamwork is a piece of cake; and (7) teamwork reduces the individual student’s workload. The paper gives a voice to these issues and provides suggestions for improvement in relation to any or all aspects of cooperative learning in accounting education. A theoretical framework of cooperative learning is presented and ideas to overcome many (or all of the) problems on group work are provided.
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journalArticle (original)
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published
subject
keyword
cooperative learning, team work, group work
journal title
Accounting Education
volume
27
issue
3
issue title
Cooperative Learning in Accounting Education
pages
10 pages
publisher
Informa UK Limited
ISSN
0963-9284
1468-4489
DOI
10.1080/09639284.2018.1477056
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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U
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
8569033
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8569033
alternative location
https://doi.org/10.1080/09639284.2018.1477056
date created
2018-07-12 06:59:12
date last changed
2018-07-12 07:09:48
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(7) teamwork reduces the individual student{\textquoteright}s workload. The paper gives a voice to these issues and provides suggestions for improvement in relation to any or all aspects of cooperative learning in accounting education. A theoretical framework of cooperative learning is presented and ideas to overcome many (or all of the) problems on group work are provided. },
  author       = {Opdecam, Evelien and Everaert, Patricia},
  issn         = {0963-9284},
  journal      = {Accounting Education},
  keyword      = {cooperative learning,team work,group work},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {223--233},
  publisher    = {Informa UK Limited},
  title        = {Seven disagreements about cooperative learning},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09639284.2018.1477056},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2018},
}

Chicago
Opdecam, Evelien, and Patricia Everaert. 2018. “Seven Disagreements About Cooperative Learning.” Accounting Education 27 (3): 223–233.
APA
Opdecam, E., & Everaert, P. (2018). Seven disagreements about cooperative learning. Accounting Education, 27(3), 223–233.
Vancouver
1.
Opdecam E, Everaert P. Seven disagreements about cooperative learning. Accounting Education. Informa UK Limited; 2018;27(3):223–33.
MLA
Opdecam, Evelien, and Patricia Everaert. “Seven Disagreements About Cooperative Learning.” Accounting Education 27.3 (2018): 223–233. Print.