The acquisition of generic skills of culturally-diverse student cohorts

Keneley, Monica and Jackling, Beverley 2011, The acquisition of generic skills of culturally-diverse student cohorts, Accounting education : an international journal, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 605-623.

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Title The acquisition of generic skills of culturally-diverse student cohorts
Author(s) Keneley, Monica
Jackling, Beverley
Journal name Accounting education : an international journal
Volume number 20
Issue number 6
Start page 605
End page 623
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0963-9284
1468-4489
Keyword(s) generic skills
international students
curriculum
cultural diversity
Summary The changing nature of higher education and the structure of graduate labour markets have increased emphasis on employability and graduate outcomes. Universities have responded to this changed environment by embedding generic skills in the curriculum. This paper examines the generic skills that students perceived they acquired in their accounting studies in preparation for graduate employment. Given the changed background profiles of students studying accounting degree in Australia, and the employment difficulties they encounter on graduation, the study specifically addresses the perceptions of students from diverse cultural backgrounds. The findings demonstrate that, overall, students believed that their accounting course assisted in developing generic skills, while differences in perceptions were identified between different cultural cohorts. The research highlights the need to develop educational practices which embed generic skills development in the curriculum in a way that maximises the opportunities for culturally-diverse student cohorts to enhance their employment outcomes on graduation.
Notes Published online October 2011
Language eng
Field of Research 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040151

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Business and Law
School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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