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The vocational skill priorities of Malaysian and UK students

Trevor Hassall (Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
John Joyce (Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
José Luis Arquero Montaño (Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Seville, Seville, Spain)
José María González González (Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Seville, Seville, Spain)

Asian Review of Accounting

ISSN: 1321-7348

Article publication date: 18 May 2010

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify, prioritise, and contrast the needs in terms of the development of vocational skills in final year undergraduate accounting students from two distinct countries. The study aims to survey and analyse the views of Malaysian and UK students.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire was used to gather the data. Quantitative analysis was then used as the basis of a comparative study. The data for this study were collected via questionnaires completed by Malaysian exchange students on their arrival at UK university and the students of that UK university.

Findings

The results indicate that both sets of students accept the need to develop vocational skills in order to perform competently as an accountant. There is however clear differences in the views of the Malaysian and UK students concerning the specific skills that they perceive as being priorities to be developed. The students also hold differing views of the major barriers to the development of vocational skills in higher education.

Originality/value

Previous studies have established the need to prioritise vocational skills development. Studies have also established the views of employers and students. This study contrasts the views of students from two contrasting contexts. The study establishes that students from differing countries perceive differing priorities in terms of vocational skills not only between students but also between students and the currently stated views of employers and professional bodies internationally.

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Citation

Hassall, T., Joyce, J., Luis Arquero Montaño, J. and María González González, J. (2010), "The vocational skill priorities of Malaysian and UK students", Asian Review of Accounting, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 20-29. https://doi.org/10.1108/13217341011045980

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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