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Using pictorial mnemonics in the learning of tax: a cognitive load perspective

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posted on 2023-05-18, 00:46 authored by Bernadette SmithBernadette Smith, Sonia Shimeld
The scope and complexity of the Australian taxation system (as with other tax regimes) is daunting for many accounting students. This paper documents the implementation of new practices that were initiated in an effort to address some of the challenges faced by undergraduate students studying taxation. Based on the principles of cognitive load theory, summaries of the lecture material became the focus of tutorials. These summaries provided the impetus for teaching staff to experiment with illustrations as a strategic means of delivery. Drawing diagrams and presenting them in the form of pictorial mnemonics proved to be effective tools in helping students understand and synthesize basic taxation concepts, thereby promoting effective deep learning. Both formal and informal feedback was overwhelmingly positive and affirming of this innovative approach to the subject. A selection of the pictorial mnemonics we designed is provided.

History

Publication title

Higher Education Research and Development

Volume

33

Pagination

565-579

ISSN

1469-8366

Department/School

TSBE

Publisher

Routledge

Place of publication

United Kingdom

Rights statement

Copyright 2013 HERDSA

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Pedagogy