PurposeThe purpose of this study is to investigate body-movement as a pedagogical tool to enhance student learning motivation and performance. This research applies a quasi-experimental research method to investigate the impact of an innovative resource titled ‘Accounting Exercise’ (teaching intervention using physical movement and lyrics) on learning motivation and performance on a group of students enrolled in a first year undergraduate accounting course in Japan. Design/methodology/approachFive classes were randomly assigned to either an experimental group (two classes) or a control group (three classes). In the experimental group, 90 students participated in a 15-minute “Accounting Exercise” at the commencement of lectures over three consecutive weeks. The remaining 133 students assigned to the control group did not participate in the Accounting Exercise.FindingsWhilst the evidence did not detect an improvement in student performance, the Accounting Exercise did provide stimuli in maintaining students’ learning motivation. This finding is important for entry-level students where learning motivation has the potential to influence students’ future decisions on major areas of study and career choices. Originality/valueThis finding is important for entry level students where future career options are decided. This effect is also believed to contribute to reducing the declining numbers of students in accounting majors.
Meditari Accountancy Research – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 8, 2016
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