Expanding the horizons of accounting education : incorporating social and critical perspectives

Boyce, Gordon, Greer, Susan, Blair, Bill and Davids, Cindy 2012, Expanding the horizons of accounting education : incorporating social and critical perspectives, Accounting education, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 47-74, doi: 10.1080/09639284.2011.586771.

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Title Expanding the horizons of accounting education : incorporating social and critical perspectives
Author(s) Boyce, Gordon
Greer, Susan
Blair, Bill
Davids, Cindy
Journal name Accounting education
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 47
End page 74
Total pages 28
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-02
ISSN 0963-9284
Keyword(s) social accounting
critical accounting
team teaching
social construction
humanistic education
deep learning
Summary This paper examines a case of accounting education change in the context of increased interest in ethical, social, and environmental accountability, presenting a reflexive case study of a new university accounting subject incorporating social and critical perspectives. Foundational pedagogical principles and key aspects of curriculum are outlined. The pedagogy draws on the integration of humanistic and formative education (principally based on Gramscian and Freirean approaches) and deep and elaborative learning. Two key aspects of curriculum and pedagogy are analysed. First, a curriculum based on a broad conception of accounting and accountability as power-laden social processes, drawing on a range of research literature. Second, the adoption of an authentic, supportive, and collegial team teaching approach. Students’ feedback relating to identified issues is presented. The paper contributes to the renewal of the social and ethical worth of accounting education, concluding that deep accounting educational change encompasses both the content and practice of classroom activity and changes in the self-consciousness of staff and students.
Notes Available online 04 August 2011
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09639284.2011.586771
Field of Research 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
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