Reflecting on contemporary accounting

teaching and learning social and critical perspectives

Bill Blair, Gordon Boyce, Cindy Davids, Susan Greer

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This paper provides a case description and analysis of an effort to enact accounting education change. The study reports on an attempt to renew the social and ethical worth of accounting education and practice in the post-Enron context of increased interest in how accounting may contribute to social responsibility and sustainability. The paper considers the organisation, aims, and content of a newly-developed unit on social and critical perspectives on accounting, and key elements of the pedagogy utilised. These include team teaching, the employment of research literature rather than a prescribed textbook, an expanded conception of accounting and accounting “knowledge”, the adoption of educational goals that encompass preparing students for economic and social life and for democratic participation, and a view that sees ethics, the environment, and society as central to accounting. It is concluded that accounting educational change must encompass the content and practice of classroom activity, but it also requires change to the self-consciousness of all actors involved. Explicit inclusion of the social, critical, environmental and ethical dimensions of accounting in our teaching and learning programs provides an avenue for academics to individually and collectively make a meaningful contribution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second Innovation in Accounting and Corporate Governance Education Conference
EditorsN. M. Meyers, B. N. Smith, S. A. Bingham, S. F. Shimeld
Place of PublicationHobart
PublisherSchool of Accounting & Corporate Governance, University of Tasmania
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781862953758
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventInternational Conference on Innovation in Accounting and Corporate Governance Education (2nd : 2007) - Hobart
Duration: 31 Jan 20072 Feb 2007


ConferenceInternational Conference on Innovation in Accounting and Corporate Governance Education (2nd : 2007)

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