ERIC Number: ED206230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan-31
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A Survey of Entry-Level Accounting Activities in Relation to the Accounting Curriculum at Tuskegee Institute. Curriculum Development.
King, Jimmie, Jr.; Adams, Dennis T.
Research was conducted to provide a base of information applicable to revising the existing accounting curriculum in the Department of Business at Tuskegee Institute. A survey questionnaire was designed and submitted to members of the Tuskegee Institute Business/Industry Cluster members who are principle employers of Tuskegee graduates. The questionnaire asked for respondents' opinions about the need for formal accounting training, machine use and computational activities requirements for entry-level accounting positions, and involvement in electronic data processing, The 131 detailed job activities of the questionnaire were organized into 13 lettered subsections (A-M) representing the topical areas of work. For each of the tasks the respondent was asked to check whether the task was learned in school, on the job, or both. Among the results cited are responses to the question whether the accountant kept records of sales taxes charged (73 percent "yes" and 27 percent "no"). In response to the same question, 26 percent learned the activity in school; 53 percent learned the activity on the job, and 21 percent of those responding indicated that the activity was learned both at school and on the job. It is reported that the number of responses obtained for "school" and for "both" were twice those received for "job." It is concluded that school curriculum must keep pace with the changing needs of the business world; the study showed that job-related school instruction is not a majority source for obtaining instruction in entry-level accounting job activities. Tables include: ranking by sections; overall ranking of questions; the ten major activities; the mean and percentages of all "yes" and "no" responses to all questions; and the mean and percentage of all "yes" responses to the three categories of school, job or both. (LC)
Descriptors: Accounting, Business Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Job Skills, Job Training, On the Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Student Needs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses
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