Advances in Financial Education (AFEd) is a peer-reviewed SoTL journal dedicated to promoting and publishing papers concerning finance education with the goal of improving the quality of finance education worldwide. As such, AFEd has the same general mission as the Journal of Financial Education. The major difference between the two journals relates to the assurance of learning. JFEd publishes finance education articles that provide concrete empirical evidence confirming improved student learning outcomes that results from innovative instructional techniques. Papers that only provide instructional innovation with limited or no concrete empirical support are the major focus of AFEd (see Qualifying Note below).
AFEd seeks articles that focus on:
- Innovative Pedagogy – papers that clearly describe new and/or unique teaching methods that allow instructors to teach specific topics in finance more effectively.
- Course Content – papers that introduce substantive topics, new trends, innovations, and research findings in finance that may influence teaching/learning or can be used in the classroom.
- Best Practices – papers that describe or discuss new or unique individual, course, department, or institutional practices concerning student advising, student recruitment, student retention, alumni relations, efforts that allow students to experience the connection between theories learned in the classroom and application of those theories in the real world (e.g., internship programs, field studies, games, scholastic contests), and similar.
- Student Centered Learning – papers that illustrate flipping the traditional learning paradigm from teacher centered learning to student lead learning.
- Ethics and Moral Values – papers offering guidance in the integration of ethics and moral values in finance education.
- Globalization – papers offering innovative suggestions for incorporating international elements into traditional finance courses.
- Excel – papers that help educators better understand how to use Excel or other major software programs (e.g., PowerPoint, Prezzi, Google Tools) in the classroom or in student assignments.
- Software/Hardware – papers that offer descriptions and reviews of new developments and trends in using innovative electronic technology to promote student learning outcomes and/or satisfaction.
- Special Topics – reports on the status and events that are of specific interest to finance educators (e.g., salaries, the job market for finance faculty or for finance majors, promotion issues, clinical versus traditional tenured faculty tracks, status of women and minorities).
QUALIFYING NOTE: Although AFEd does not require rigorous empirical support of effectiveness in terms of demonstrating improved learning outcomes or student satisfaction, articles that suggest methods to improve teaching and/or learning must include a discussion of how a researcher could possibly test the proposed teaching/learning method. This can take the form of reporting limited data observations (for researchers who cannot collect large amounts of data to empirically test assertions) with specific mention of the risks of over interpreting small data sets. Or, it can be a section of the paper discussing specific data that should be collected and how that data should be analyzed to test or verify the proposed method(s). We hope that AFEd readers who have the ability to collect large amounts of data may decide to engage in joint projects with the author(s) of a specific article to perhaps expand and enhance the research to later qualify for consideration in JFEd.
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