Enhancing accounting students’ reflective practice skills

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Daff, Lyn, Tame, Cathy and Sands, John. 2023. "Enhancing accounting students’ reflective practice skills." 2023 Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (2023 AFAANZ). Gold Coast, Australia 02 2023 - 04 Jul 2024 Australia. Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand.
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Enhancing accounting students’ reflective practice skills

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AuthorsDaff, Lyn, Tame, Cathy and Sands, John
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 2023 Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (2023 AFAANZ)
Number of Pages26
Year2023
PublisherAccounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand
Place of PublicationAustralia
Web Address (URL) of Conference Proceedingshttps://eaa-online.org/arc/events/afaanz-2023-conference-2-4-july-2023-call-for-papers/
Conference/Event2023 Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (2023 AFAANZ)
Event Details
2023 Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (2023 AFAANZ)
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Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference
Delivery
In person
Event Date
02 Jul 2023 to end of 04 Jul 2024
Event Location
Gold Coast, Australia
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Abstract

Reflective practice is a critical workplace skill for accountants. It assists in enhancing learning, improving performance and advancing professional development. While there has been a growth of interest in reflective practice, there has not been a corresponding growth in understanding of what reflective practice encompasses, why it is important, and how it can be used. Employers have observed that accounting graduates often lack the competencies required for critical and deep reflection on their abilities and knowledge. Reflective practice is both challenging for educators to teach and for students to learn. Additionally, a constant question in education is how to foster learning that carries through to the workplace. This research outlines and evaluates the effectiveness of an approach to develop accounting students’ skills in reflective practice. The reflective practice journals of 31 students were analysed to ascertain their views concerning reflection at the start and end of the semester, the extent to which they gained confidence in reflective practice, and their commitment to use reflective practice in the future. The research explains the approach to fostering and assessing reflective practice and evaluates the effectiveness of the approach. This research should be of interest to educators in teaching and assessing reflective practice.

Keywordsaccounting students, accounting graduates, learning, professional skills, reflection, reflective practice, work ready
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350102. Auditing and accountability
390103. Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
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