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ERIC Number: EJ801752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0968-4883
Quality in Accounting Education: What Say the Academics?
Watty, Kim
Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, v13 n2 p120-131 2005
Purpose: To provide a view of quality in accounting education from the perspective of a critical stakeholder group--academic accountants. The identification of this view adds to the growing discussions around quality, and how it is assured in higher education. Design/methodology/approach: Applying a framework for defining quality in higher education to an accounting context, a postal survey questionnaire was sent to academic accountants at 39 Australian universities to gather data about their views of quality in accounting education. Findings: Academic accountants view quality, as currently defined and promoted in their immediate working environment, differently to their views about how quality should be defined and promoted. As a consequence, quality assurance and improvement systems may be currently designed to assure quality that is promoted in accounting education, rather than quality that ought to be promoted. Research limitations/implications: Using a postal survey to gather data on the complex issue of "quality" might not always provide the richness of data that may be collected during face-to-face survey interviews. Practical implications: The findings of this study provide valuable input into the discussion around the design of quality assurance and improvement systems in higher education generally, and for accounting education specifically. Originality/value: In the absence of any previous empirical research that has sought to identify these perceptions, the findings fill the gap in the literature by clearly identifying the views of quality in accounting education from a key stakeholder group--academic accountants. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia