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Lureau and Hayes co-present at teachers conference

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Sarah Lureau and Alli Purcell Hayes, accounting faculty
Sarah Lureau and Alli Purcell Hayes, accounting faculty

Sarah Lureau, assistant professor of accounting, and Alli Purcell Hayes, assistant professor of accounting, presented an active learning strategy, titled “Simulating ‘Real World’ Team Working Environments Within the Classroom,” at the annual Illinois Accounting Teachers Conference in Chicago Nov. 5.

The peer review process Lureau and Hayes discussed is a teaching method that enables students to develop technical competence of the curriculum, while providing students with an opportunity to foster a professional skill set. In addition to traditional teaching strategies, “real world” team working environments are simulated through a series of peer reviews. In this process, students learn to engage effectively in groups to compile critical feedback and constructive criticism of their colleagues’ work while also learning how to receive and digest constructive criticism. During the presentation, Lureau and Hayes illustrated the peer review process along with the pedagogical importance of the teaching method.

The Mission of the Illinois Accounting Teachers Conference (ILATC) is to offer an annual gathering for full-time and adjunct faculty that encourages excellence in teaching that serves the student and focuses on student learning through presentations on teaching techniques, presentation skills, changes in the profession and available resources. The conference is a voluntary gathering of persons interested in accounting education and research.
Lureau has been a member of the College’s faculty since 2008. A C.P.A., she earned a B.S. from Marist College and an M.A.S. from Northern Illinois University.

Hayes joined North Central’s faculty in 2009. A C.P.A., she received a B.A. from St. Ambrose University and an M.A.S. from Northern Illinois University.