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This paper offers a Commentary on the study by Sikka et al. (this issue) of accounting and auditing textbooks as representations of accounting education’s addressing of ethics, social responsibility and the public interest, particularly in the light of recent corporate crashes and scandals. It concurs with the concerns of Sikka et al. (this issue) about our failure to expose students to these matters, to problematize our technicist rules and pro- cedures, and to critique accounting policy and practice, but in contrast to their attributing primary responsibility to the accounting profession argues for academics’ complicity in this failure.

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This page is a summary of: Professionalisation and UK Accounting Education: Academic and Professional Complicity – A Commentary on ‘Professionalizing Claims and the State of UK Professional Accounting Education: Some Evidence’, Accounting Education, March 2007, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/09639280601151044.
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