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Why are first year accounting studies inclusive?

Crawford, I and Wang, Z (2014) 'Why are first year accounting studies inclusive?' Accounting & Finance, 54 (2). pp. 419-439. ISSN 1467-629X

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Abstract

This study is motivated by the increasing diversity among first-year accounting students and the increasing number of first-year accounting students whose majors are not in accounting related areas in UK universities. The main contribution of this study is that it uses student data over four consecutive academic years from a first-year accounting course at a UK university to provide empirical evidence in support of the theoretical framework proposed by Rankin et al. (2003). Our results show the effects of metacognitive knowledge and content knowledge on academic performance as well as highlighting the inclusiveness of the first-year accounting course. For instance, regardless of the choices of secondary subjects, students who have good prior academic achievement are the best performers on the first-year accounting course. The influence of content knowledge on academic performance is strongly felt when the assessments of the course changed from a 100 per cent final exam to a combination of mid-term coursework and a final exam. The results suggest that well-designed mid-term coursework is academically beneficial to accounting students, especially non-native English-speaking students.

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Acknowledgements: We wish to thank staff at the Registry of the University of Bath for assistance with data collection. We would also like to express thanks to the editor, Robert Faff, and one anonymous reviewer for their invaluable comments and advice on the manuscript. All errors remaining are ours.

Article first published online 12 November 2012 ahead of its inclusion in a specific issue.

Keywords: first-year accounting; diversity; academic performance; prior academic ability; secondary mathematics
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2014 16:24
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 11:12
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/4380
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