Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 127, Issue 1, pp 221–230 | Cite as

Active Learning: An Advantageous Yet Challenging Approach to Accounting Ethics Instruction

  • Stephen E. LoebEmail author


In this paper I discuss the advantages and challenges of using active learning, when teaching an accounting ethics course offered in higher education (see Footnotes 1 and 6). The willingness of an instructor to use active learning in an accounting ethics course may be influenced at least in part by that instructor’s assessment of the advantages and challenges of using active learning. Consequently, my paper may be of assistance to instructors with experience in teaching an accounting ethics course and to instructors who are preparing to teach their initial accounting ethics course.


Accounting Ethics education Active learning 



I would like to thank Yura Kim, Robert Felix, Kyungran Lee, Yi Cao, and Congcong Li for their assistance. I am grateful for the comments that I received from several individuals on earlier versions of this paper. I particularly would like to thank Jim Staihar, Cynthia Loeb, and two reviewers who reviewed my paper for this journal.


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  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of Maryland, College ParkCollege ParkUSA

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