ERIC Number: ED086873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
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Survey of Entry-Level Bookkeeping Activities in Relation to the High School Bookkeeping Curriculum.
West, Leonard J.; And Others
To provide a base of information for potential updating of the prevailing high school curricula in Recordkeeping/Bookkeeping, the components of those curricula were examined in relation to the actual job duties of employed bookkeepers--with special focus on entry-level positions and on the effects of computerization of job duties. The questionnaire and interview results show: computerization has reduced the need to understanding bookkeeping concepts, prior school training is infrequently a requirement for securing an entry-level position, and on-the-job training of a few days to a few months is prevalent. It was also found that: the Recordkeeping curriculum appears to be nonfunctional; the terminology of school instruction is often at variance with job terminology; the job duties and job responsibility levels of those with no school training in bookkeeping are indistinguishable from those with only high school training; job responsibility and advancement depend heavily on work experience; journal and ledger work is predominantly carried out by experienced employees, and high school instruction beyond the trial balance is totally unjustifiable. Recommendations for curricular revision are made in accordance with the findings, explicity distinguishing between instruction for small-firm and large-firm employment. (Author/AG)
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Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Office of Occupational and Continuing Education.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Inst. for Research and Development in Occupational Education.
Identifiers - Location: New York