Engaging Business Students in Quantitative Skills Development

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Title: Engaging Business Students in Quantitative Skills Development
Authors: Cronin, Anthony
Carroll, Paula
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8743
Date: Jun-2015
Abstract: In this paper the complex problems of developing quantitative and analytical skills in undergraduate first year, first semester business students are addressed. An action research project detailing how first year business students perceive the relevance of data analysis and inferential statistics in light of the economic downturn and the challenges society faces is discussed. Students┬┐ attitudes were evaluated via an online survey consisting of both quantitative and qualitative responses. While two thirds of respondents do acknowledge the relevance of such a course for future business roles, it is shown that more work must be done to distinguish between why data analysis is relevant and how data analysis is performed. Also discussed are findings related to student learning, their intellectual development, and their motivation and expectations upon enrolling on the Data Analysis for Decision Makers (DADM) module. The challenges in teaching such a mandatory module to Business students are discussed and a pedagogical framework for promoting deeper student engagement through active learning, regular continuous assessment and technology are also examined.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Australian Business Education Research Association
Copyright (published version): 2015 e-JBES
Keywords: Business education;Assessment strategies;Data analysis;Student motivation;Student engagement
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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