Concept mapping and playful learning through ‘Colour Accounting’

Presentation by Toby York at the Games and Simulations in Accounting and Finance Education (‘GSAFE’) conference hosted by Aston University on 20 April 2021

The benefits of concept mapping in accounting education

My presentation is based on a draft paper The benefits of concept mapping in accounting education, which is in three parts.

Part one: identifies some common problems with current accounting education practices, drawn mostly from personal and anecdotal experiences.

Part two: draws on literature in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, and offers 8 specific educational benefits of concept mapping in accounting education.

Part three: explains the layout and some of the functions of a specific concept map, the BaSIS FrameworkTM.


Using conversations to introduce accounting concepts

I refer to conversations that we have with students before using the BaSIS Framework. These are the subject of a series that we are running on Accounting Cafe. Recordings of past webinars are available below.

An overview of Colour Accounting

The funding butterfly

Deriving profit


Using the BaSIS Framework in online learning systems

I refer to examples of using the concept framework in online learning systems. These examples use H5P, although it is possible to create similar examples using tools native to any learning management system, or in another open format such as SCORM.

Classic transactions

Embedded within an online lesson


Download paper [PDF]: The benefits of concept mapping in accounting education

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