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Professionalizing Claims and the State of UK Professional Accounting Education: Some Evidence

Sikka, Prem and Haslam, Colin and Kyriacou, Orthodoxia and Agrizzi, Dila (2007) 'Professionalizing Claims and the State of UK Professional Accounting Education: Some Evidence.' Accounting Education, 16 (1). pp. 3-21. ISSN 0963-9284

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In advancing the ‘professionalizing’ claims, the UK accountancy bodies emphasise that their members have command of practical and theoretical education, engage in ethical conduct, serve the public interest and act in a socially responsible way. However, such claims are routinely problematized by scandals that highlight the highly partisan role of accounting and accountants and failures of accounting education. Rather than undertaking a radical review of accounting education, the professional bodies seek to rebuild confidence in accounting and their jurisdictions by (re)affirming that accounting education is or will be devoted to producing reflective accountants through educational processes focussing on sound education principles, ethics, professional scepticism, lifelong learning opportunities, distinguishing between private and public interest and serving the public interest. These promises presuppose that students on professional accounting courses are exposed to such values. To advance the debate, this paper examines a number of financial accounting, auditing and management accounting books and finds that, beyond a technical and instrumental view of accounting, there is little discussion of theories, principles, ethics, public interest, globalization, scandals or social responsibility to produce socially reflective accountants.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scandals, professional accounting education, ethics, social responsibility, public interest
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Accounting Centre
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 09:52
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:37

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