What not to write: An intervention in written communication skills for accounting students

Graham, Alan; Hampton, Martin; Willett, Caroline
May 2010
International Journal of Management Education (Oxford Brookes Un;2010, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p67
Academic Journal
This study considers the evidence that many accounting students struggle to write accurately and appropriately, which in turn has negative implications on their wider employability. Using an intervention approach, initiatives were taken to address this problem for first year accounting undergraduates at the University of Portsmouth. The results indicate that some improvements are possible and students' self-awareness of the issue was raised, but that in order to sustain any improvements an increased focus on the teaching of writing skills would be required. This may have resource implications but the potential benefits to students in the wider realm could be significant. The initiative is targeted specifically at the enhancement of employability and, although based around extracts from the accounting literature, could readily be transferred to other subject areas.


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