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Improving accounting students' oral presentations

Pat Addison, M. Gooding and D. Sullivan
Curtin University of Technology
This roundtable reports on a project to improve students' oral presentation skills. The objective derives particularly from the accounting profession. Since the mid 1980s accounting teachers have been urged to prepare students for an accounting career by ensuring that they are critical thinkers and problem solvers, understand the business world and their role, and are articulate, that is that they write well and are able presenters.

The project has two parts. The first part is concerned with developing a teaching program to improve students' presentation skills, to teach teachers how to implement and evaluate such a program, and to educate sessional staff by demonstrating the 'rights' and 'wrongs' of presentations.

Another objective is to ensure that students learn to summarise written material and to 'see' content from a variety of perspectives. This objective entailed a detailed analysis of the requirements for learning, (particularly choosing appropriate reading material), and for presenting 'good' information. Specifically the intention is to have students understand the audience and its needs, to understand and overcome a focus on self and how they feel, the need for good preparation (material, overheads/other, timing, summarising, perspective), and above all to increase their self confidence and self esteem over time. A consultant was engaged to help with these processes.

The second part is the production of a video. This video will be made in-house and will feature students from CBS Plus, Curtin University. Students were chosen for the interest they can generate with students of their age, and because they are good at what they do. The video when produced, will be used by all first year teachers, and it is envisaged that it will be used overseas.

Contact person: Dr Pat Addison, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology

Presentation format: Roundtable

Please cite as: Addison, P., Gooding, M. and Sullivan, D. (2002). Improving accounting students' oral presentations. In Focusing on the Student. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 5-6 February 2002. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2002/abstracts/addison-abs.html

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