Stephen and Astrid attended the Transformative Power of Teacher Teams course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education between 1 and 3 May 2016. Teacher Teams is a leadership development program for educators in a variety of roles. The purpose of the course is for educators to learn how to work more effectively in a team to address issues of curriculum and pedagogy collaboratively. The participants are encouraged to identify issues and topics that concern them, and to learn how to use resources -- both from within the team itself and from outside experts -- to improve teaching and learning. The Transformative Power of Teacher Teams Institute was developed to help educators understand the many dimensions of teacher teams, the challenging cultural and instructional realities faced every day, and the potential of an individual and a team to transform their institution by focusing their work on the task of improving their practice to improve the success of their students.
Two lecturers from the Department of Accounting presented papers at the European Accounting Association Annual Conference in Paris during May 2013. Ms Cecile Janse van Rensburg presented a paper entitled “Students’ reading comprehension of the IASB Conceptual Framework”, while Ms Lizette Kotze’s paper was entitled “Communication apprehension of accounting students: A cross-cultural study”.
Cecile was also a guest lecturer at the Furtwongen University in Germany for a week in May.
Prof Stephen Coetzee and Ms Astrid Schmulian published an article entitled “The effect of IFRS adoption on financial reporting pedagogy in South Africa” in Issues in Accounting Education, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 243-251. They also attended the European Accounting Association Annual Conference in Paris.
Technical staff of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) held an event in London for teachers of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) from across the world on Monday, 14 May 2012. Since IFRS pedagogy is currently one of their primary research focus areas, Stephen Coetzee and Astrid Schmulian of the Department of Accounting represented the University of Pretoria amongst the group of 40 IFRSs academics.
The event provided a forum for those attending to:
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