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Nicola Beatson

Nicola MitchellTeaching Fellow

BCom (Otago), MCom (Otago)

Tel 64 3 479 8321
Office CO 3.32
Email nicola.beatson@otago.ac.nz

Nicola joined the Department of Accountancy and Finance at the University of Otago in 2010. Since that time she has had several teaching accolades, including being named in the Otago University Student Association awards (student voted) as the ‘Premier Lecturer- Commerce Division’ in 2017. Nicola has a passion for accounting education and is currently a PhD candidate investigating the self-efficacy beliefs of accounting students. She is student focused, both in teaching and research activities. Nicola enjoys several service roles within the department including as a course approver and advisor, a member of the AKO teaching and learning committee, being the tutor coordinator for the department, and as the Kaiāwhina Māori in Accounting and Finance. Nicola coordinates the large core paper BSNS115: Accounting and Information Systems and also teaches on ACCT222: Cost Management Accounting.             

Teaching

  • BSNS115
  • ACCT222

Research interests

Nicola is an active member of the Accounting Education community, shown by her committee membership on both the Accounting Education, Special Interest Group, for Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) and the Faculty Development Teaching Committee, Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC) for the American Accounting Association (AAA). Nicola has also enjoyed success in the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, in 2017, competing in the Asia Pacific Championships with a 3 minute speech on Accounting Education. Nicola’s PhD thesis is on the role of self-efficacy in accounting education, and is due to be completed in 2018. Alongside her PhD research, Nicola is also actively involved in several other projects within the accounting education space, including one on transformational teaching, and another on the use of mobile technology to increase engagement in first year students.

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Publications

Graham, A., Toon, I., Wynn-Williams, K., & Beatson, N. (2017). Using 'nudges' to encourage student engagement: An exploratory study from the UK and New Zealand. International Journal of Management Education, 15, 36-46. doi: 10.1016/j.ijme.2017.04.003

Beatson, N., Berg, D., & Smith, J. (2017). Confidence matters: Self-efficacy beliefs in accounting education. Proceedings of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Conference. Retrieved from https://www.afaanz.org/conferences

Beatson, N. (2017). The barriers to using tools and techniques for transformational teaching. Proceedings of the Talking Teaching Conference. Retrieved from https://akoacademy.ac.nz/programme

Smith, J., Beatson, N., & Berg, D. (2017). Course performance feedback as a source of university students' sense of self-efficacy. Proceedings of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Conference. Retrieved from https://earli.org/earli-2017

Wynn-Williams, K., Beatson, N., & Anderson, C. (2016). The impact of unstructured case studies on surface learners: a study of second-year accounting students. Accounting Education, 25(3), 272-286. doi: 10.1080/09639284.2016.1165125

Journal - Research Article

Graham, A., Toon, I., Wynn-Williams, K., & Beatson, N. (2017). Using 'nudges' to encourage student engagement: An exploratory study from the UK and New Zealand. International Journal of Management Education, 15, 36-46. doi: 10.1016/j.ijme.2017.04.003

Wynn-Williams, K., Beatson, N., & Anderson, C. (2016). The impact of unstructured case studies on surface learners: a study of second-year accounting students. Accounting Education, 25(3), 272-286. doi: 10.1080/09639284.2016.1165125

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Beatson, N., Berg, D., & Smith, J. (2017). Confidence matters: Self-efficacy beliefs in accounting education. Proceedings of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Conference. Retrieved from https://www.afaanz.org/conferences

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Beatson, N. (2017). The barriers to using tools and techniques for transformational teaching. Proceedings of the Talking Teaching Conference. Retrieved from https://akoacademy.ac.nz/programme

Smith, J., Beatson, N., & Berg, D. (2017). Course performance feedback as a source of university students' sense of self-efficacy. Proceedings of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Conference. Retrieved from https://earli.org/earli-2017

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Beatson, N. (2016, November). The impact of summative mastery feedback on accounting students' self-efficacy beliefs. Verbal presentation at the RMIT Accounting Educators' Conference: Accounting Education: What It Is, and What It Is Not, Melbourne, Australia.

Beatson, N., & Berg, D. (2016, July). Mind-set and self-efficacy beliefs: A study of repeating students taking a first year accounting course. Verbal presentation at the Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Accounting Education Special Interest Group (SIG), Gold Coast, Australia.

Wynn-Williams, K., & Beatson, N. (2015, May). Accounting students and the work-study balance. Verbal presentation at the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Accounting Education Special Interest Group (AE SIG) Annual Conference, Manchester, UK.

Wynn-Williams, K., & Beatson, N. (2014, May). Learning in today's academic environment: Participation and first-year accounting students' desired outcomes (FP). Verbal presentation at the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Accounting Education Special Interest Group Annual Conference, Bristol, UK.

Wynn-Williams, K., Beatson, N., & Anderson, C. (2014, May). Learning in today's academic environment: Deep and surface learning in second-year accounting students (FP). Verbal presentation at the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Accounting Education Special Interest Group Annual Conference, Bristol, UK.

Wynn-Williams, K., Beatson, N., & Anderson, C. (2013, May). Learning in today's academic environment: The impact of group formation on first-year accounting students. Verbal presentation at the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Accounting Education Special Interest Group Annual Conference, London, UK.

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Wynn-Williams, K., & Beatson, N. (2015). Learning in today's academic environment: A research project 2012 to 2016: Preliminary findings. Ako Aotearoa. 12p. Retrieved from https://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-hub/ako-aotearoa-southern-hub/resources/pages/learning-today%E2%80%99s-academic-environment

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Awarded Masters Degree

Beatson, N. (2016). Motivation and satisfaction at work: A study of information technology professionals (MCom). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/6225

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