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Relationships between Vocational Interests and Learning Approaches to Advance the Quality of Student Learning in Accounting

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  • Tracey McDowall
  • Beverley Jackling
  • Riccardo Natoli

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This study investigates the influence of vocational interests on the learning approach of accounting students at the undergraduate level. It brings together two theoretical models: vocational interests and approaches to learning, to investigate student learning in the accounting discipline. The research focus is supported by more general findings from the education literature which suggest that interest-oriented learning leads to superior approaches to learning. The research was tested using 917 tertiary accounting students across two universities. The associations between vocational interests and learning approaches provide support for the theoretical model linking vocational interests (e.g. conventional) with deep learning approaches in a tertiary accounting environment. There are practical implications for the teaching of accounting with particular reference to whether the current curriculum reinforces the values of those individuals with conventional interests.

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  • Tracey McDowall & Beverley Jackling & Riccardo Natoli, 2015. "Relationships between Vocational Interests and Learning Approaches to Advance the Quality of Student Learning in Accounting," Accounting Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(6), pages 498-513, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:accted:v:24:y:2015:i:6:p:498-513
    DOI: 10.1080/09639284.2015.1113140
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    1. Butler, Maureen G. & Church, Kimberly S. & Spencer, Angela Wheeler, 2019. "Do, reflect, think, apply: Experiential education in accounting," Journal of Accounting Education, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 12-21.
    2. Apostolou, Barbara & Dorminey, Jack W. & Hassell, John M. & Rebele, James E., 2016. "Accounting education literature review (2015)," Journal of Accounting Education, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 20-55.
    3. Apostolou, Barbara & Dorminey, Jack W. & Hassell, John M. & Rebele, James E., 2017. "Analysis of trends in the accounting education literature (1997–2016)," Journal of Accounting Education, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 1-14.

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