The value of incorporating emotional intelligence skills in the education of accounting students

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Jones, Greg and Abraham, Anne. 2009. "The value of incorporating emotional intelligence skills in the education of accounting students." Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal. 3 (2), pp. 48-60.
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The value of incorporating emotional intelligence skills in the education of accounting students

ERA Journal ID40372
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsJones, Greg (Author) and Abraham, Anne (Author)
Journal TitleAustralasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal
Journal Citation3 (2), pp. 48-60
Number of Pages13
Year2009
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1834-2000
1834-2019
Web Address (URL)http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1056&context=aabfj
Abstract

The tasks and skills that are required of accounting practitioners in today’s global business environment have changed significantly since the early 1990s. No longer are accounting practitioners required merely to undertake the tasks necessary for information provision, such as bookkeeping, data analysis and tax preparation. Instead, they are now in a more encompassing position which has extended their roles into information facilitation, thus repositioning accountants as knowledge professionals rather than accounting technicians. This in turn suggests a need for a greater emphasis on incorporating components of emotional intelligence in accounting education.

However, as accounting students are generally not aware of this expanded role, those who are attracted into accounting courses may not possess the appropriate aptitude that would provide a good foundation for developing the skills now required in the professional accounting environment. Therefore, it is important that the teaching of accounting should incorporate strategies that enable students to understand and the need for developing these necessary, but often missing, competencies.

This paper reports on two independent studies conducted at an Australian university which suggest that incorporating emotional intelligence skills into the education of accounting students, by providing a variety of learning environments and tasks, may be beneficial to accounting graduates as they seek employment.

Keywordsemotional intelligence; accounting education; accounting students; accounting practitioners; perceptions
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350199. Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified
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University of Western Sydney
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