The Porter-Norton Modular Approach

It’s a reality that today’s students learn differently than those in the past. With many
shifts in learning, Gary Porter and Curt Norton have worked to make their text easily digestible
with a modular format. Hear their take on why they made this decision and how they feel
it will benefit future accounting students. I think we’re all aware that students and
their learning styles have changed over the years.
So, one of the things that we have done for the first time now with Tenth Edition and
with this revision of our textbook, is introduce a modular approach to the material. And that
modular approach was introduced as a direct response to today’s student. That today’s
student does not sit and read the chapter front to end. They take it in smaller bites
and so our modular approach does that in a number of ways. It does it by breaking up
a series of topics. So, I could give as an example the inventory chapter, and we all
know whether inventory is in two chapters or one chapter that there’s a lot of material
there and a lot of different kinds of material dealing with the various issues that the instructor
wants to present. So, we break those up into modules.
I think that the change to a modular approach is a big deal. It’s something that has been
called for, for a long time. This also has some huge benefits to the faculty
member because if there are one or two topics within a chapter that they don’t want to cover,
they can easily skip those parts and skip that module and it won’t affect the continuity
of the rest of the chapter. And then at the end of each module, before
we go on to the next one, we have something called Test Yourself. And in Test Yourself,
it’s an opportunity for the student to both, first review. We have three parts to it: review,
question, and apply. we’re very excited about this module approach,
we think students will react to it very well because it is actually the way modern students
acquire information and it really is more in tune with the way most faculty teach the

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