An Investigation of practitioners' and students' conceptions of accounting work

Samantha Sin

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Abstract

This thesis aims at exploring conceptions held of accounting work by students and practitioners. The findings are useful for informing accounting education and the curriculum and thus enhance accounting graduate readiness for work. This thesis addresses three research questions: 1. What are practitioners' conceptions of accounting work? 2. What are accounting students' conceptions of accounting work? 3. What are the similarities and differences between practitioners' and students' conceptions of accounting work? Phenomenographic findings revealed a common awareness of the functional aspects of accounting work; but students possessed only very inchoate understandings of social and ethical issues. Practitioners' conceptions of such issues suggest that accounting graduates will face significant challenges as they enter a profession which has undergone significant changes in recent times.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLinköping, Sweden
PublisherLinköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning
Number of pages88
ISBN (Print)9789173931748
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameLinköping studies in behavioural science
PublisherLinköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning
No.157
ISSN (Print)1654-2029

Keywords

  • accounting profession
  • accounting higher education
  • conceptions of accounting work
  • professional ethics
  • generic skills
  • learning trajectory

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    Sin, S. (2011). An Investigation of practitioners' and students' conceptions of accounting work. (Linköping studies in behavioural science; No. 157). Linköping, Sweden: Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.