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ERIC Number: EJ1053613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1942-2504
U.S. Accounting Education: Misalignment with the Needs of Small and Medium Companies
Burke, Megan M.; Gandolfi, William R.
American Journal of Business Education, v7 n4 p339-348 2014
This study looks to answer the question, "Does the current accounting educational system in the United States focus too heavily on the requirements of large (and SEC registered) companies at the expense of small companies and individuals who comprise the primary clientele of most practicing CPAs?" This investigation surveys CPAs regarding their perceptions of the focus of their accounting education. The results of the survey suggest that the current accounting curriculum does not focus enough on the accounting needs of small businesses. Suggestions for improvement in the curriculum include adding small business coverage in accounting courses, including more general business courses, requiring more hands-on practice with the material and adding internships with smaller firms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois
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