PublicationsBusiness Education Forum


Business Education Forum Highlights
October 2001, Volume 56, Number 1

Serving All Students: NBEA Releases Revised National Standards for Business Education - NBEA's standards were revised to help educators keep up with the accelerated pace and frequency of change in the workplace and the impact of that change not just on technology, but on every business content area. This article explores the thinking behind the revision process and includes insights from the business educators who contributed to this important effort.



Teaching Internal Control and Fraud Prevention Through Role-Play - During the past decade, the accounting profession has increased its emphasis on internal controls for fraud prevention and detection. But many accounting textbooks present only a brief discussion of this important topic. This article describes a classroom activity that illustrates the importance of internal controls by involving students in a simulation of a retail candy business. In the activity, students commit a variety of frauds while working in an environment void of internal controls. When the frauds are detected using a basic auditing procedure, students learn how some simple internal controls can detect and prevent fraud.

Basic Business
A Case for Personal Financial Education — One of the objectives of business education is to develop economic knowledge and competencies that will be valuable to students in the future. Personal financial literacy is a critical area for consumers, but it is an area in which people of all ages lack knowledge and skills. This article explores questions involving when personal finance should be taught and what topics should be included. It also includes an integrative classroom activity and an extensive list of resources and teaching suggestions.

International Business
Understanding Cultural Perspectives on Handshaking - Handshaking is a critical element of making a first impression. As more and more U.S. businesspeople interact with people from around the world, it becomes increasingly important to understand the perspectives that various cultures have on this behavior. This article provides information about U.S. and other cultural perspectives on handshaking and offers related classroom activities.

Guanxi Relationships: The Key to Doing Business in China - The business landscape of China is markedly different than that of the United States. In particular, the Chinese use a set of social networks, called guanxi, to make business transactions happen. This article explores the concept of guanxi relationships, which any foreign businessperson must understand in order to market goods or services effectively in China, as well as many other areas of the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, and even the United States. Related classroom activities are included.

Using Focus Groups in Action Research Projects - Increasingly, business educators are using qualitative research approaches, or a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques, to evaluate instructional methods and materials. This article describes how an educator can use focus groups as part of an action research agenda. An example of how a focus group was used to evaluate an innovative technology tool that was being used in a classroom is included.

Exploring Web-Based Business Instruction - This article examines various approaches used to administer Web-based instruction. The article also explores the advantages and disadvantages of using this type of instruction and offers guidelines for its effective use. Business educators can use this information to adopt effective Web-based instructional strategies.

Open Forum
Overcoming User Fees to Ensure Student Access to Extracurricular Activities - Whether because of reductions in public support, tax limitations, or pressures to preserve or even upgrade the range of services in local school districts, schools have become more dependent on nontax revenue sources, such as user fees that students are required to pay to participate in various courses and extracurricular activities. In some cases, these fees may make it difficult for students to afford to participate in valuable learning experiences. This article offers teachers some strategies to help ensure that students do not miss out on these important opportunities.