The integration of computerised accounting in the accounting curriculum as an educational learning curve for students entering the business world

Elmarie Papageorgiou

Abstract


At universities, educating students on real-life practices is one of the key drivers in a changing academic environment. Academic institutions encourage the study of the learning environment and ensure that appropriate strategies are in place for educating students. A first-year Accounting I student stated the importance of computerised accounting: ‘Computerised accounting is used in the workplace and therefore using it in varsity, grants students a view on how things will be after completion of their respective degrees.’ Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to empirically investigate the perceived acquisition of information technology (IT) knowledge and determine the skills required for students to convert the knowledge gained into actions as a learning curve for accounting students entering the business world. The results indicated that students’ knowledge of Accounting I increased with the integration of computerised Accounting in the Accounting I Curriculum.

Keywords


Accounting, education, first-year accounting student, information technology, practical knowledge, real-life practices, skills, university

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18489/sacj.v52i0.191

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