ERIC Number: EJ852725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
A Humanistic Approach to South African Accounting Education
West, A.; Saunders, S.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v20 n5 p718-730 2006
Humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers made a distinction between traditional approaches and humanistic "learner-centred" approaches to education. The traditional approach holds that educators impart their knowledge to willing and able recipients; whereas the humanistic approach holds that educators act as facilitators who assist learners in their learning processes. As a learning theory, humanism refers to the belief in the innate ability of humans to learn, and the creation of an environment in which students are given "Freedom to Learn". South African accounting education has, by and large, followed the traditional approach rather than the humanistic approach. This article attempts to expand on the existing references to a humanistic approach through a more detailed exposition and application of the educational theory of Carl Rogers in the context of South African accounting education. The prospects of a humanistic approach in accounting education are then discussed and some practical strategies provided in relation to a specific third-year undergraduate accounting unit offered in South Africa.
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Humanistic Education, Learning Processes, Foreign Countries, Accounting, Educational Philosophy, Undergraduate Study, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa