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Accounting Research Readings Groups

Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations

ISBN: 978-1-78756-540-1, eISBN: 978-1-78756-539-5

Publication date: 4 January 2019


Research readings groups represent a recent innovation in accounting doctoral education that appears to be spreading at research-oriented universities. In this chapter, the authors describe how accounting research readings groups can serve as a mechanism to engage doctoral students in the consumption and discussion of research throughout all phases of the doctoral program. An accounting research readings group supplements the breadth of knowledge gained in doctoral seminars by adding depth of knowledge in a focal research area. The authors offer insights from the educational psychology literature to justify research readings groups as a form of team-based learning and then offer suggestions on the formation and operation of these groups. The authors enumerate the many benefits that these groups afford to both doctoral students and faculty members. The authors also distribute a survey to faculty organizers of the existing accounting research readings groups and share the results of this survey to supplement their advice with firsthand experiences, the authors also share the results of a survey distributed to faculty organizers of existing accounting research readings groups. The authors’ goal is to encourage the use of accounting research readings groups to inspire, foster, and enhance the research culture within accounting departments and doctoral programs.




We thank Jenny Brown, Katharine Drake, Cristi Gleason, Lillian Mills, and Erin Towery for responding to our survey and offering feedback. We also thank Thomas Calderon (editor), Tim Fogarty (discussant), Derek Oler, Bill Pasewark, Tim Rupert, Terry Shevlin, Ryan Wilson, two anonymous reviewers, and participants at the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting for helpful comments.


Collins, D.L., Cook, K.A. and Hart, M.T. (2019), "Accounting Research Readings Groups", Calderon, T.G. (Ed.) Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations (Advances in Accounting Education, Vol. 22), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 1-22.



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