Grade 12 accounting and economics students at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) received some real-world context that gave depth to what they’re currently learning in class.
Mark MacIsaac, assistant professor at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) and a guest speaker this week, engaged the group of senior students in conversations on social justice in marketing, business organizations and the environmental impact they have, and more, all relating to current topics covered in their accounting and economics courses.
“This topic is important because it gives them the context of a university lecture,” says Daniel Lumsden ’96, math and accounting teacher at SMCS. “It also fits into how students can contribute to humanity, and help make a change in the world.”
In addition to teaching, MacIsaac is also completing his doctoral at Saint Mary’s University. He has also co-authored business cases for Workplace Review and Ivey Publishing and, prior to joining StFX, worked for 20 years in financial advisory services and management consulting.
Guest speakers and lecturers are part of the Community and Learning Partnerships programme at SMCS that aims to enrich student learning and achievement as well as promote St. Michael’s College School.
“The benefits of a guest speaker go hand-in-hand with deep learning, engaging in partnerships with outside members, and it gives our students an opportunity to network and get a better sense of the world around them,” says Lumsden.
“The impact of learning from a university professor rather than one of my teachers is to get a feel for what a university lecture might be like,” says Ryan Munn, Grade 12 student at SMCS, “Learning from a professor offers a new perspective and he brought up many new ideas.”
“I want students to take away a sense that they can help make a change in the world,” says Lumsden. “The social impact that businesses have on communities always cause great debates.”