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Innovators or inhibitors? Accounting faculty resistance to new educational technologies in higher education

Watty, Kim, McKay, Jade and Ngo, Leanne 2015, Innovators or inhibitors? Accounting faculty resistance to new educational technologies in higher education, Journal of accounting education, In Press, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.1016/j.jaccedu.2016.03.003.

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Title Innovators or inhibitors? Accounting faculty resistance to new educational technologies in higher education
Author(s) Watty, Kim
McKay, Jade
Ngo, Leanne
Journal name Journal of accounting education
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0748-5751
Keyword(s) Technology acceptance model
Technology adoption
Higher education
Faculty resistance
Barriers to technology use
Accounting education
Summary While technology affords new opportunities and benefits for educators in their teaching practice, a significant number of faculty are resistant to adopting new technologies. Unprompted, 93% of faculty interviewed in the Australian study to be discussed in this paper pointed to accounting educator resistance as a key barrier to technology adoption and use. Adopting the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) as a framework, this paper argues that one of the greatest challenges facing business schools and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the 21st century is not new technologies themselves, but the ability of educators to embrace educational technologies. Drawing on the qualitative data to emerge from interviews with accounting educators recognised as exemplary in their use of innovative technologies, this paper explores the reasons for lack of faculty uptake and argues for academics to become innovators rather than inhibitors. The findings offer a timely insight into a twenty-first century issue affecting HEIs and, specifically, accounting academics. While carried out in the Accounting discipline, the findings may be relatable and applicable to all disciplines. A suite of recommendations are proposed for institutions, business schools and academics to consider.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jaccedu.2016.03.003
Field of Research 1501 Accounting, Auditing And Accountability
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083487

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Faculty of Business and Law
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