Faculty Publications

Title

Assessing service-learning outcomes for students participating in VITA programs

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations

Volume

11

First Page

171

Last Page

195

Abstract

This study evaluates participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a service-learning activity, to determine if participating students develop confidence in the skills needed for success in the accounting profession. An analysis of data from students at eight U.S. universities shows that VITA students were significantly more confident in their practical skills, citizenship skills, and personal responsibility skills after their VITA experience than a control group of students who did not participate in VITA, measured over a similar period of time. The VITA participants also reported a stronger sense of school pride and moderately more confidence in their interpersonal skills. However, the VITA students reported less confidence in their problem-solving skills, perhaps due to being faced with complex decision-making situations. While this finding was initially unexpected, it actually demonstrates the value of experiential learning for students. © 2010 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2010

DOI of published version

10.1108/S1085-4622(2010)0000011011

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