Experiential learning in accounting education : a prison visit

DELLAPORTAS, Steven and HASSALL, Trevor (2013). Experiential learning in accounting education : a prison visit. The British Accounting Review, 45 (1), 24-36.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bar.2012.12.005


Traditional pedagogic methods in accounting education have been the subject of some criticism with potential solutions referring to out of classroom experiences. This paper relies on the concepts of situated and experiential learning to assess the effects of a learning opportunity involving visits to prison by students enrolled in the final year of an accounting degree program. Data collected from a self-designed survey suggest that the students were intellectually and emotionally engaged in the experience emanating from the novelty and anticipation of entering closed walls and meeting inmates who were former professional accountants. Students appeared to learn a number of lessons including the nature of conflicts faced by professional accountants, factors contributing to fraudulent conduct, and strategies on how they might deal with such conflicts in their professional careers.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Department of Finance, Accountancy and Business Systems
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bar.2012.12.005
Depositing User: Claire Bennehan
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 09:44
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 14:30
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6969

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