Accounting at school: the impact of policy, teachers and class on the ethical construction of accounting and business in Scottish secondary schools
by Ken McPhail, Catriona Paisey, Nick Paisey
International Journal of Critical Accounting (IJCA), Vol. 2, No. 3, 2010

Abstract: Drawing on Bourdieu, this paper begins from the assumption that significant progress in developing the ethical proclivities of accountants and business people more generally requires greater understanding of, and engagement with, the way business and accounting is experienced by pupils within their primary and secondary education. The paper draws on interviews with teachers, student group observations and a large questionnaire survey, in order to critically explore three broad questions. Firstly, what broader policy agendas are impinging on the way business and accounting is being constructed within secondary schools in Scotland? Secondly, how do teachers of business and accounting view the broader social and ethical dimensions of their subject? And thirdly, what is the impact of both the broader policy agendas and teacher's perspectives on the way accounting and business are constructed and experienced by students from different socio-economic backgrounds? The paper concludes with a call for greater critical engagement in policy agendas in primary and secondary education.

Online publication date: Wed, 02-Jun-2010

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