Relationships between communication apprehension, ambiguity tolerance, and learning styles in accounting students

ARQUERO, J. L., FERNANDEZ-POLVILLO, C., HASSALL, T. and JOYCE, J. (2012). Relationships between communication apprehension, ambiguity tolerance, and learning styles in accounting students. In: GÓMEZ CHOVA, L., LÓPEZ MARTÍNEZ, A. and CANDEL TORRES, I., (eds.) ICERI, 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madria (Spain) 19th - 21st November, 2012. Conference proceedings. International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED), 4230-4239. (In Press)

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The dynamics of the global business environment have led to changes in the skills required by accountants in order to add value for their clients. Consequently, there is a growing pressure on accounting educators to design and implement educational programmes that could contribute to the development of the relevant skills. In such a context, it is possible that some characteristics of students (for example communication apprehension, ambiguity tolerance, or learning styles) could be constraints on both skills development and pedagogical change. Previous studies have reported that accounting students tend to have higher levels of the constraining characteristics than students from other disciplines. However, previous research has not considered the extent to which those characteristics are inter-related or have possible synergistic effects in accounting students. The results of this study, based on a sample of accounting students, indicate that those relationships exist. The patterns of correlations are indicative of the constraints that an accounting educator must overcome to effectively develop certain skills. Implications of the results are discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Finance, Accountancy and Business Systems
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.rcsar.2015.10.002
Depositing User: Trevor Hassall
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 15:46
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 14:30

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