Approaches to Learning of Accounting Students in Ghana

DOI: 10.24312/ucpmr030112

  • Godfred Matthew Yaw Owusu Department of Accounting, University of Ghana Business School, Legon-Accra, Ghana.
  • Teddy Ossei Kwakye Department of Accounting, University of Ghana Business School, Legon-Accra, Ghana.
  • Rita Amoah Bekoe Department of Accounting, University of Ghana Business School, Legon-Accra, Ghana.
  • Emerald Welbeck Department of Accounting, University of Ghana Business School, Legon-Accra, Ghana.
Keywords: Assist Scale, Learning Approach, Academic Performance, Strategic Learning, Surface Learning, Deep Learning

Abstract

This study explores the learning approaches of undergraduate Accounting students in Ghana and examines the differences in the learning styles of students based on their demographic characteristics. By relying on the Approaches and Studies Skills Inventory for Students (ASSIST) scale, a set of questionnaires was developed and administered to 366 Accounting students from the University of Ghana Business School. The results of the study suggest that the dominant approach to learning by most Accounting students in Ghana is the strategic approach, while the surface approach is less popular among the sampled students. Further, significant differences were found among the different approaches to learning based on student academic performance and the academic levels of students. This study recommends that lecturers play a critical role in encouraging students to be more in-depth in their learning approach to enhance the competitiveness of the job market.

Published
2019-06-30