Accounting Education

Accounting education research at the Department of Accounting is focused on students’ issues. The research investigates students’ motivations, skills, characteristics, approaches to learning and career interests to provide a better understanding of their academic performance and choice of accountancy as a major and career. Factors studied include learning style preferences, learners’ characteristics and assessment methods, and study choices of business students.

Current research aims to identify the nature and extent of the gap between the skills perceived to be necessary for graduate accountants in the workplace and the extent to which the universities have developed these skills and capabilities in graduates. The objective is to create a basis for discussion on what skills and capabilities should be developed in the bachelor and coursework masters accounting programs, professional accounting programs and in the workplace. The intended research outcome is a framework that can be used by individual institutions as a benchmark.

Researchers

Paul Wells

Selected Related Publications

  • Freeman M and Wells P 2015 'Reducing the Expectations Gap: Using Successful Early Career Graduates to Identify the Capabilities that Count', Academic Leadership Series
    Accounting education research at the Department of Accounting is focused on students’ issues. The research investigates students’ motivations, skills, characteristics, approaches to learning and career interests to provide a better understanding of their academic performance and choice of accountancy as a major and career. Factors studied include learning style preferences, learners’ characteristics and assessment methods, and study choices of business students. - See more at: http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/business/research/research-areas/accounting/research-focus#sthash.8zBAA5YX.dpuf
    Volume 6: Future Proofing the Profession: Preparing Business Leaders and Finance Professional for 2025, vol.6, pp. 67-78

Last updated: 30-Aug-2016 12.47pm

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