Student Preference for Spreadsheet-Based Learning

Akash Dania, Bridget Anakwe, Bernadette Ruf


Spreadsheets can be used as a learning tool to explore abstract concepts in quantitative-based disciplines such as accounting and finance. Given the rapid adoption of technology in the classroom, understanding how students perceive the use of spreadsheets in quantitative-based courses is imperative. This study examines how students perceive the use of spreadsheets in applied business courses.  Student preference is viewed in terms of enhanced learning of course content, usage in class lectures, increased motivation, and presentation of material. Accounting and finance students attending an institute of higher education based in the Northeastern United States were surveyed.  Results from this study using a Kolmogorov-Smirnov test indicate a preference among students for the use of spreadsheets as a teaching aid in classrooms.

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