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Curriculum innovation in undergraduate accounting degree programmes through “virtual internships”

Leopold Bayerlein (UNE Business School, University of New England, Armidale, Australia)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 10 August 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss major criticisms of traditional undergraduate accounting programmes and to introduce virtual internships as a curriculum innovation that addresses these criticisms.

Design/methodology/approach

The main aim of the paper is to inspire curriculum innovation in accounting programmes though the introduction and discussion of virtual internships as a contemporary teaching model.

Findings

The paper provides a detailed outline of the virtual internship model, its advantages and disadvantages, and its development in practice.

Originality/value

The paper is likely to be most relevant for academics in undergraduate accounting programmes because it provides a practical guide to the development of this curriculum innovation.

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Citation

Bayerlein, L. (2015), "Curriculum innovation in undergraduate accounting degree programmes through “virtual internships”", Education + Training, Vol. 57 No. 6, pp. 673-684. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-09-2014-0110

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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