Accounting students' reflections on a course to enhance their interpersonal skills

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Daff, Lyn. 2013. "Accounting students' reflections on a course to enhance their interpersonal skills." Accounting Education: An International Journal. 22 (6), pp. 563-581. https://doi.org/10.1080/09639284.2013.847322
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Accounting students' reflections on a course to enhance their interpersonal skills

ERA Journal ID19328
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorDaff, Lyn
Journal TitleAccounting Education: An International Journal
Journal Citation22 (6), pp. 563-581
Number of Pages19
Year2013
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0963-9284
1468-4489
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09639284.2013.847322
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09639284.2013.847322
Abstract

Communication skills are critical for an accountant's workplace success; however accounting education research to date has mainly focused on the writing and presentation skills aspects of communication skills. Research on developing accounting students' interpersonal skills has received scant attention. This paper provides an example of how to incorporate interpersonal skills into the accounting curriculum. Details are given on how to execute the course to promote effective, positive student outcomes. Examining students' learning journal responses to the initiated course highlights potential problems associated with teaching interpersonal skills to accounting students. This information may assist educators in avoiding common difficulties and in facilitating favourable student learning. The study finds students experienced initial apprehension and concern when practising their interpersonal skills. However as time elapsed, confidence grew, class dynamics changed, and significant improvements in students' communication and attitudes were evident. The importance of laying an appropriate foundation for interpersonal skills development is also discussed.

Keywordsaccounting education; communication skills; interpersonal skills
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350199. Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified
390103. Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
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Byline AffiliationsAvondale College of Higher Education, Australia
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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