Making accounting degrees fit for a university

  • Trevor Hopper
  • Critical Perspectives on Accounting, March 2013, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/

The state of accounting education in universities

What is it about?

The paper examines the current state of accounting education in UK, Australasian and North American universities. It expresses concern that it is aping professional courses thereby bringing an emphasis on technical drills and multiple choice examinations to the detriment of problem-solving, research informed learning, social skills and inquiry. This is attributed to mass production higher education to which accounting is particularly prone as it is often used as a cash cow as it can attract overseas students.

Why is it important?

For many accounting academics the current state of many accounting degrees is worrisome given the trends of the past few decades which has downgraded research, not invested in developing researchers, and has brought didactic teaching of technical skills at the expense of social and problem solving skills, creativity, and research led inquiry.

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