There is no doubt that accounting education scholarship and research in Australia is not only thriving, but is amongst the best in the world. Nor is there any doubt that Australian scholars in this field punch well above their weight within the international arena.
This book is not derived from a conventional special issue (i.e. one focussing on a specific theme, such as audit education, communication in accounting education, or the interface between accounting education and professional training). Instead, it presents a collection of leading edge contributions to accounting education research from Australian scholars on topics which have international relevance. These topics reflect the typical breadth of research in this field being undertaken in Australia - including coverage of students' conceptions of accounting work, the impact of entry mode on accounting students' approaches to learning, listening skills in accounting practice, and student's performance in online accounting courses.
Taken together, the contents of this book will help to enhance the educational base of accounting practice by providing guidance to educators in improving their pedagogic practice.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Accounting Education: an international journal.
Richard M. S. Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Business Administration & Financial Management at Loughborough University, U.K. He has devoted his career to boundary-spanning (e.g.as practitioner and professor, across disciplines, and in different jurisdictions). For 40 years he has been active nationally and internationally in educational policy-making on the interface of accounting education and training; has worked in more than a dozen countries; has published widely; is the founding editor of Accounting Education: an international journal; holds two Lifetime Achievement Awards (one specifically for his work in the field of accounting education); and is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.
1. The Australian Issue Richard M. S. Wilson 2. An Exploration of Students' Conceptions of Accounting Work Samantha Sin, Anna Reid and Alan Jones 3. Impact of Entry Mode on Students' Approaches to Learning: A Study of Accounting Students Subhash Abhayawansa, Irene Tempone and Soma Pillay 4. The Nature and Significance of Listening Skills in Accounting Practice Gerard Stone and Margaret Lightbody 5. Lessons from Successes in Medical Communication Training and Their Applications to Accounting Education Lyn Daff 6. The Effects of the Use of Activity-Based Costing Software in the Learning Process: An Empirical Analysis Andrea Tan and Aldonio Ferreira 7. The Effect of Synchronous and Asynchronous Participation on Students' Performance in Online Accounting Courses Keith Duncan, Amy Kenworthy and Ray McNamara