Improving accounting education through the use of action research

Catriona Paisey, Nicholas J. Paisey

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    Action research is a systematic investigative research method that educators can use to improve aspects of their educational practice. Originally adopted in school situations, action research is becoming increasingly used within higher education. First, the paper explains the action research process. Second, the action research process is applied to a small-scale project undertaken by the authors in order to assist in the development of students' research skills by encouraging them to read primary documents for themselves. Finally, the paper discusses the use and appropriateness of action research within accounting education. Some possible implications for accounting academe are also identified. It is argued that action research, with its emphasis on continuous improvement and the promotion of scholarly activity, is consistent with the accreditation standards issued by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Accounting Education
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


    • Accreditation 2
    • Action research
    • Information Technology
    • Research
    • Scholarship


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