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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, 20 (6). pp. 605-623. ISSN 0963-9284 (print), 1468-4489 (online)

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID24140, ResPubID24856, cultural diversity, tertiary education, Australia, accounting courses, Australia
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Economics and Finance
FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
SEO Classification > 9305 Education and Training Systems
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 04:42
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2012 03:24
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9336
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09639284.2011.611344
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Citations in Scopus: 29 - View on Scopus

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