n South African Journal of Higher Education - The effectiveness of teaching methodologies in audit education : a student perspective

Volume 29, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The extant literature supports the fact that the approach followed in audit education is in need of improvement. This article reports on a study that highlighted the fact that current teaching methodologies employed by audit lecturers are not assisting audit students to master the various inherent requirements of their field of work. The primary objective of the study was to evaluate whether the current teaching methods followed in audit education at universities accredited with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) enable students to master the auditing and assurance competencies stipulated by SAICA in its competency framework. this was achieved through statistical analysis of data gathered from undergraduate chartered accountancy audit students at two SAICA-accredited South African universities, using a questionnaire that was developed for this purpose. The results showed that there is room for improvement in the methods applied by audit lecturers in the audit classroom. The article concludes with recommendations for improvement and future research, followed by a statement on the limitations of the study.

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