ERIC Number: ED227358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Recordkeeping, Bookkeeping, Accounting Survey.
Mortimore, Douglas; Wood, Wilma
The congruency between Alberta senior high school recordkeeping, bookkeeping, and accounting curricula and the entry-level skills of employees of business was examined. The investigation was a replication of one conducted by West (1973) in New York City and had very similar findings. Questionnaires that were developed from the job activities list from Alberta Curriculum Guides collected information from 118 employees (entry-level bookkeepers and accounting clerks). An overwhelming majority of the respondents reported that they did not perform skills taught in Alberta high schools. A very small number reported that employers required a recordkeeping, bookkeping, or accounting background from high school. Job experience was required. Post-high school experience was not always required for entry-level employees. Employment and advancement opportunities depended very little on formal high school skill training. (Appended materials, amounting to over three-fourths of the document, include data tables; summaries of survey responses; a sample questionnaire; a literature review citing purpose, scope, methodology, and findings of nine studies; and a bibliography.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning and Research Branch.
Note: Not available in paper copy because of poor legibility of the original.