Motivations, expectations and preparedness for higher education: A study of accounting students in Ireland, the UK, Spain and Greece

Byrne, M. and Flood, B. and Hassall, T. and Joyce, J. and Arquero Montaño, J. L. and González González, J. M. and Tourna-Germanou, E. (2012) Motivations, expectations and preparedness for higher education: A study of accounting students in Ireland, the UK, Spain and Greece. pp. 134-144. ISSN 01559982 (ISSN)

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This paper compares the motives, expectations and preparedness of a sample of students commencing the study of accounting in higher education in four European countries. The findings reveal that whilst all students are motivated to progress to higher education for career-oriented reasons and to seek intellectual growth, considerable variation is observed between the students in the four settings with regard to motives, confidence and perceptions of preparedness for higher education. The implications of these findings, both in the context of the alignment objectives of the Bologna process and the ongoing accounting education change debate, are considered. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Accounting students; Bologna process; Expectations of higher education; Learning outcomes; Motives for entering higher education; Preparedness for higher education
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