Teaching basic spreadsheet skills with peer tutoring

Teaching basic spreadsheet skills with peer tutoring PurposeKnowledge of spreadsheet tools like Microsoft Excel is a valuable skill to have in today’s job market. The preliminary assessment of a group of business school students shows that most of them struggle to perform simple tasks in a spreadsheet. The purpose of this paper is to propose using student tutors to teach these skills.Design/methodology/approachThe authors identify students proficient in Excel as tutors and organize one-on-one peer tutoring lessons. The authors compare the Excel competency level of students prior to and after the tutoring sessions.FindingsThe results suggest that most students with minimal Excel skills significantly improve their competency level after tutoring.Originality/valueThe proposed hands-on approach appears to be effective in helping students acquire basic Excel capabilities. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Managerial Finance Emerald Publishing

Teaching basic spreadsheet skills with peer tutoring

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0307-4358
DOI
10.1108/MF-06-2017-0234
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Abstract

PurposeKnowledge of spreadsheet tools like Microsoft Excel is a valuable skill to have in today’s job market. The preliminary assessment of a group of business school students shows that most of them struggle to perform simple tasks in a spreadsheet. The purpose of this paper is to propose using student tutors to teach these skills.Design/methodology/approachThe authors identify students proficient in Excel as tutors and organize one-on-one peer tutoring lessons. The authors compare the Excel competency level of students prior to and after the tutoring sessions.FindingsThe results suggest that most students with minimal Excel skills significantly improve their competency level after tutoring.Originality/valueThe proposed hands-on approach appears to be effective in helping students acquire basic Excel capabilities.

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Managerial FinanceEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 9, 2018

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