oa Meditari : Research Journal of the School of Accounting Sciences - Five recent developments' impact on the traditional academic culture of Departments of Accounting at South African universities
|Article Title||Five recent developments' impact on the traditional academic culture of Departments of Accounting at South African universities|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||Meditari : Research Journal of the School of Accounting Sciences|
|Author||D.B. Van der Schyf|
|Publication Date||Jan 2008|
|Pages||1 - 12|
|Keyword(s)||Departments of Accounting (South Africa), Higher Education Qualifications Framework, IFAC's International Education Standards for Professional Accountants, International context of Departments of Accounting, Quality assurance in Departments of Accounting, SAICA's syllabus content, Scholarly activity (search for truthful knowledge in accounting) and The essence of a university|
The fact that Departments of Accounting at South African universities, whose academic programmes are accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), have for many years focused primarily only on the academic training of prospective chartered accountants, has established a culture that is removed from research, and this is in contrast to the nature of a university. The aim of this paper is to evaluate some recent developments in the South African academic environment that may promote a research culture and to point out the coercive role these developments may play in changing the existing culture of a Department of Accounting. The study concludes that in view of a list of specific recent developments in the national academic environment, Departments of Accounting will be forced to change course toward becoming more research oriented. A number of recommendations are made to expedite the process.
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