Developing creative accountants: opening up the accounting curriculum through reflective practice

Nicholas McGuigan, Thomas Kern

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The market in which accounting and business professionals currently operate within is becoming increasingly complex. Such a changing, complex and integrated environment demands a holistic conceptualisation of the accounting profession, where accountants need to be able to think about the business environment in diverse and integrated ways, which adopt a transdisciplinary approach. In order to develop an integrated perspective, accounting higher education programs need to be designed in a way that focus on the developmental process of a professional accountant, within adopted pedagogical frameworks. This chapter presents a case study on an innovative redesign of an accounting capstone unit that embeds reflective practice as the core element within its curricula design. By placing an emphasis on a contextual appreciation of accounting amongst graduates, students are able to visualise the role accounting plays within their own lives, professional organisations and society more broadly. In developing and building a capacity to reflect amongst both learners and academic staff a critical and reflective culture is being created that enables for a deeper understanding of the ‘ways of thinking’ as an accounting professional to develop amongst accounting graduates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCapturing creativity through creative teaching
EditorsKathryn Coleman, Adele Flood
Place of PublicationChampaign, IL
PublisherCommon Ground Publishing
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781612296371
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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