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Self-efficacy and self-regulatory factors as impediments to Pasifika students’ success in accounting education

Irshad Ali (Department of Accounting, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Anil K. Narayan (Department of Accounting, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand)

Pacific Accounting Review

ISSN: 0114-0582

Article publication date: 19 June 2019

Issue publication date: 8 October 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the issues of underrepresentation and barriers that impede Pasifika students’ achievement and success in tertiary accounting education.

Design/methodology/approach

The participants of the study were the second- and third-year students from the “Pasifika” ethnic community enrolled in undergraduate accounting degree papers. The first stage of data were collected through face-to-face questionnaire survey and quantitatively analysed. Further data were collected through focus group meetings held as “talona” sessions and analysed using descriptive narrative, to capture the lived experience of the students.

Findings

The findings of the study suggest that low self-efficacy beliefs, low self-regulation and culturally unresponsive pedagogical practices negatively impact on Pasifika student success in accounting education. Better student engagement; use of culturally responsive pedagogy; utilisation of internal assessment tools; and more strategic use of group work could help enhance the retention and success of Pasifika students in accounting programmes. The findings also suggest that the institutional support framework for Pasifika students’ needs to be more responsive to proactively help develop their self-efficacy and self-regulation learning needs.

Practical implications

This research makes a significant contribution by informing accounting educators, support staff, tertiary institutions and other stakeholders including Pasifika students, of potential challenges faced by Pasifika students in completing a tertiary accounting qualification. The findings have the potential to assist in the design and implementation of actionable strategies to enhance the retention and success rates for students from this group.

Originality/value

This research complements earlier studies on barriers faced by students from disadvantaged communities in gaining tertiary qualifications and looks specifically at challenges faced by Pasifika students in gaining an accounting qualification.

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Citation

Ali, I. and Narayan, A.K. (2019), "Self-efficacy and self-regulatory factors as impediments to Pasifika students’ success in accounting education", Pacific Accounting Review, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 394-412. https://doi.org/10.1108/PAR-06-2018-0040

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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