Integrating sociological concepts into the study of accounting

yielding the benefits of team teaching

Gordon Boyce, Susan Greer, William Blair, Cindy Davids

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Abstract

In response to recent criticisms of business and accounting education, a team of educators introduced a new course in social and critical perspectives on accounting. The course sought to integrate sociological concepts into the study of accounting, with key themes of social construction and social power forming a core of the course. The express intention was to raise student awareness of the nature and functions of accounting in contemporary society. The core teaching strategy involved team teaching, which was used to enhance learning and develop higher order generic skills. Feedback from two diverse cohorts of students vindicated the approach undertaken and reinforced the importance of linking teaching and research in accounting programs. Change in accounting education can be directed towards regaining and rebuilding social relevance for a discipline too often associated with a narrow economic imperative rather than the broader public interest.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-58
Number of pages11
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • accounting education
  • sociology
  • team teaching
  • student feedback

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