Educational Experience of Professional Accountancy Trainees

Namasiku Liandu,  Dundee Business School,  UK

Abstract: Learning can be deep, strategic or surface.  All professionals learn for a purpose.  It can therefore be argued that they have a deep learning experience.   This paper reports preliminary findings in the process of investigating the question of whether professional accountancy trainees experience deep learning during their qualifying years.  If not, where does the blame lie – the syllabus designers, the examiners, the tutors, the providers of learning material, the trainees themselves or somewhere else?  What are the consequences of the type of learning experienced?  The paper looks at innovations in medical education syllabus material and draws parallels with existing professional accountancy syllabus material and show what accountancy syllabus designers can learn from their medical counterparts.

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