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Developing an evaluation tool to provide a 360-degree reflection on work-integrated learning in accounting education


Lewis, GK and Williams, B and Allen, S and Goldfarb, B and Lyall, K and Kling, R and Statham, P, Developing an evaluation tool to provide a 360-degree reflection on work-integrated learning in accounting education, Accounting Education pp. 1-20. ISSN 0963-9284 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09639284.2021.1963994


In the higher education environment, work-integrated learning (WIL) is widely considered a key component of developing work-ready and professional graduates. Quality evaluation systems are needed to ensure continual improvement and development of WIL programs focusing on all stakeholder perspectives, not just the students or the sponsoring organisations. This paper describes the process a team of business academics and educational developers at an Australian university adopted to design a 360-degree approach to WIL evaluation, using action research methodology. The team developed an evaluation tool, comprising an online survey and associated web-enabled platform. The tool was trialled in a final year accounting unit, which had recently introduced a placement-based WIL project. Peer reflections from WIL educators across our institution in addition to internal testing, complemented our findings regarding what further changes were required to make this innovative tool applicable to different WIL contexts and disciplines.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:WIL, evaluation, accounting, online survey, feedback, Australia
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, auditing and accountability
Research Field:Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Lewis, GK (Dr Gemma Lewis)
UTAS Author:Williams, B (Associate Professor Belinda Williams)
UTAS Author:Allen, S (Mr Steve Allen)
UTAS Author:Goldfarb, B (Ms Beverly Goldfarb)
UTAS Author:Lyall, K (Mr Kevin Lyall)
UTAS Author:Kling, R (Dr Rose Kling)
UTAS Author:Statham, P (Mrs Peta Statham)
ID Code:145928
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2021-08-12
Last Modified:2022-08-30
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