Using complex case studies to teach law and accounting
About the project
Case studies have been widely used in the teaching of Accounting and Law. They usually mirror realistic, complex, and contextually rich situations that are expected to prepare students with technical and professional skills. However, existing case studies often present only idealised situations, thus do not sufficiently prepare students for the reality of working as an accounting or a law practitioner. Furthermore, case studies drawn on real events may suffer from lack of pedagogical design and being incompatible with desirable learning outcomes. As a result, the efficacy of utilising case studies cannot be consistently evaluated and enhanced.
This project will investigate the pedagogical properties of a number of commonly used case studies, and to develop existing and new case studies so that they are well aligned with identifiable learning outcomes in the context of authentic (small and local) businesses that graduates are likely to work with.
At the end of the project, we aim to obtain and share the knowledge and skills of developing and teaching (including assessing) case studies in pedagogically appropriate ways to optimize students’ learning experience and employability.
Design / Methodology
- Literature review: to synthesise: (a) features of case studies and their evidence-based efficacy in teaching; and (b) pedagogical discussions on using case studies in accounting/law education and effects on students’ skills.
- Teaching and learning evaluation (students’ experience): focus group and/or survey – (More details are coming soon.)
- Teaching and learning evaluation (lecturers’ experience): observation and/or interview (More details are coming soon).
- Development of case studies: business case studies.
- Comprehensive research report.
- Two (2) good quality complex case studies based on New Zealand medium size entities
- Pedagogical guidelines for complex case study design and using complex case studies as a teaching tool in New Zealand context.
- Presentations at internal and external education conferences.
Dr Julia Wu – Department of Accounting & Information Systems
Sascha Mueller – School of Law
Dr Erik Brogt – Academic Services Group
Ako Aotearoa $9,780 (excl. GST)
University of Canterbury $18,413 (excl. GST)
Project commenced: Mid 2017
Expected project completion: Mid 2019
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