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Generic skills in accounting: Perspectives of Chinese postgraduate students


Smith, B and Maguire, W and Han, HH, Generic skills in accounting: Perspectives of Chinese postgraduate students, Accounting and Finance, 58, (2) pp. 535-559. ISSN 0810-5391 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/acfi.12219


This study examines Chinese accounting students' perceptions of skills required for a professional accounting position in Australia and of the emphasis placed on skills during their postgraduate Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) course. The study is motivated by concerns about international students' inadequate generic skills and their difficulty in securing professional employment. We find that Chinese students perceive 'communication skills' to be the most important for their professional employment in Australia, but at the same time they tend to overemphasise technical skills and underemphasise other desirable generic skills.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Chinese international students; generic skills; employability
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Smith, B (Dr Bernadette Smith)
UTAS Author:Maguire, W (Dr William Maguire)
UTAS Author:Han, HH (Miss Helen Han)
ID Code:118685
Year Published:2018 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2017-07-18
Last Modified:2019-03-18

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