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Protecting the Solution: A 'High-Tech.' Method to Guarantee Individual Effort in Accounting Classes

Paul M. Goldwater and Timothy J. Fogarty

Accounting Education, 2007, vol. 16, issue 2, 129-143

Abstract: Advocates of the case method in accounting education have provided strong arguments in favour of this classroom approach. However, a primary objection has been unanswered. Cases generate 'canned' solutions that, when passed between students, jeopardize the accountability of individual efforts and the educational value of the exercise. Although students have leveraged computer technology to exacerbate this problem, academic staff generally have not 'fought fire with fire.' This paper shows how computer technology, through the use of artificial intelligence, can restore the confidence that each student will work his/her own case solution and, therefore, will extract the intended educational value from the effort. With computer technology made to act intelligently, the case method in accounting classes should become more robust as a primary pedagogical device.

Keywords: Case studies; computer technology; artificial intelligence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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