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Partnering with practice for accounting education: evidence from the Pacific

Devi, Shiro S. and Kumar, Rashika S. and Raju, Sherlin K. (2012) Partnering with practice for accounting education: evidence from the Pacific. Business Education and Accreditation, 4 (2). pp. 61-72. ISSN 1944-5903

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The Partnering with Practice (PWP) approach to teaching accounting is a relatively new and an underresearched phenomenon. This approach requires partners from chartered accounting (CA) firms to work in collaboration with academics in the delivery of accounting courses or a designated module in a course at tertiary institutions. This paper seeks to discuss the viability of the PWP approach to teaching accounting in the School of Accounting and Finance (SOAF) at the University of the South Pacific (USP). The paper explores the existence of an expectation gap in the accounting curriculum that could be fulfilled via the PWP approach. To gather data for this study, we carried out in-depth interviews of two stakeholder groups, namely, the partners of the big four CA firms operating in Fiji and the senior academics of SOAF. The results revealed that the PWP approach had its share of perceived benefits and limitations. The results also showed that both stakeholders were willing to collaborate in this teaching approach should SOAF decide to pursue this approach in future. This paper has practical implications for the field of accounting education.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Partnering with Practice (PWP), teaching approach, chartered accountants
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 23:58
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 23:44

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