Motivations, expectations and preparedness for higher education: a study of accounting students in Ireland, the UK, Spain and Greece

BYRNE, Marann, FLOOD, Barbara, HASSALL, Trevor, JOYCE, John, MONTANO, Jose Luis Arquero, GONZALEZ, Jose Maria Gonzalez and TOURNA-GERMANOU, Eleni (2012). Motivations, expectations and preparedness for higher education: a study of accounting students in Ireland, the UK, Spain and Greece. Accounting Forum, 36 (2), 134-144.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.accfor.2011.12.001
Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.accfor.2011.12.001

Abstract

This paper compares the motives, expectations and preparedness of a sample of students commencing the study of accounting in higher education in four European countries. The findings reveal that whilst all students are motivated to progress to higher education for career-oriented reasons and to seek intellectual growth, considerable variation is observed between the students in the four settings with regard to motives, confidence and perceptions of preparedness for higher education. The implications of these findings, both in the context of the alignment objectives of the Bologna process and the ongoing accounting education change debate, are considered.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.accfor.2011.12.001
Depositing User: Claire Bennehan
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 09:20
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2014 14:48
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6964

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