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<ul><li><p>This article was downloaded by: [Eindhoven Technical University]On: 21 November 2014, At: 07:38Publisher: RoutledgeInforma Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registeredoffice: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK</p><p>Accounting Education: An InternationalJournalPublication details, including instructions for authors andsubscription information:</p><p>Guest editorial and conference reportElizabeth Gammie a , Alan Sangster a &amp; Neil Marriott ba Robert Gordon University , UKb University of Glamorgan , UKPublished online: 20 Nov 2006.</p><p>To cite this article: Elizabeth Gammie , Alan Sangster &amp; Neil Marriott (2006) Guest editorial andconference report, Accounting Education: An International Journal, 15:3, 239-241</p><p>To link to this article:</p><p>PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE</p><p>Taylor &amp; Francis makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all the information (theContent) contained in the publications on our platform. 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Anysubstantial or systematic reproduction, redistribution, reselling, loan, sub-licensing,systematic supply, or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. Terms &amp;Conditions of access and use can be found at</p><p></p></li><li><p>Guest Editorial and Conference Report</p><p>This dedicated issue of Accounting Education: an international journal contains a</p><p>selection of papers and research notes that were originally presented at the 2005 British</p><p>Accounting Association Special Interest Group (BAA-SIG) in Accounting Educations</p><p>Annual Conference. Similar dedicated issues have followed the previous conferences</p><p>since 2001.</p><p>The 2005 conference returned to the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, which had</p><p>previously hosted the 2000 conference. The conference was co-hosted by Professor Alan</p><p>Sangster and Professor Elizabeth Gammie and it followed the successful and established</p><p>two-stream format. Papers in the full paper stream were allocated discussants who</p><p>provided formal feedback to the presenters and led the discussion following each</p><p>papers presentation. The emerging paper stream was designed to provide a forum for</p><p>both new and established researchers with projects at an early stage of development to</p><p>present their work in a relaxed and supportive environment.</p><p>The BAA SIG in Accounting Education remains most grateful to the Institute of</p><p>Chartered Accountants of Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants,</p><p>the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Accounting Education: an</p><p>international journal for their kind generosity in sponsoring the conference.</p><p>The conference attracted 85 delegates from around the globe, including Australia,</p><p>Greece, Ireland, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa, USA and the UK who</p><p>were welcomed by Professor Rita Marcella, Dean of Aberdeen Business School, Robert</p><p>Gordon University. The three-day conference incorporated three parallel sessions,</p><p>which accommodated 20 full papers and 26 emerging papers. The wine reception on</p><p>the first evening and the traditional conference dinner on the second evening, with the</p><p>now legendary musical soiree, provided delegates with an opportunity to unwind, socialize</p><p>and exercise their vocal cords.</p><p>In light of the impending Research Assessment Exercise in the UK in 2008, the theme of</p><p>the conference was getting published, with four out of five plenary sessions dedicated to</p><p>this area. The opening plenary session should have been presented by one of the Distin-</p><p>guished Visiting Speakers, Professor Jim Rebele, in his role as Editor of Journal of</p><p>Accounting Education. Unfortunately, he was taken ill and was unable to travel.</p><p>However, Professor Sue Ravenscroft in her role as Editor of Issues in Accounting Edu-</p><p>cation stepped into the breach and delivered a stimulating session on her perspective on</p><p>how to avoid having your research work rejected using Professor Rebeles analysis of</p><p>the rationale behind manuscript rejection from both the Journal of Accounting Education</p><p>and Issues in Accounting Education. The second plenary session was a panel discussion</p><p>led by three editors of mainstream journals, namely, Professor Clive Emmanuel, British</p><p>Accounting Review, Professor Noel Hyndman, Irish Accounting Review, and Leigh</p><p>Holland, Journal of Applied Accounting Research. This session encouraged lively and</p><p>constructive debate about getting specialised accounting research published in more main-</p><p>stream journals. The third plenary session was delivered by Professor Reg Matthews,</p><p>Accounting Education: an international journal</p><p>Vol. 15, No. 3, 239241, September 2006</p><p>0963-9284 Print=1468-4489 Online=06=0302393 # 2006 Taylor &amp; FrancisDOI: 10.1080=09639280600850638</p><p>Dow</p><p>nloa</p><p>ded </p><p>by [</p><p>Ein</p><p>dhov</p><p>en T</p><p>echn</p><p>ical</p><p> Uni</p><p>vers</p><p>ity] </p><p>at 0</p><p>7:38</p><p> 21 </p><p>Nov</p><p>embe</p><p>r 20</p><p>14 </p></li><li><p>Charles Sturt University, Australia on Publish or Perish: Is this really a viable set of</p><p>options? This paper highlighted the conflicting demands on accounting academics and</p><p>challenged the focus of research output to achieve successful academic status. The</p><p>fourth plenary session was also a panel discussion, this time hosting the editors of three</p><p>specialist accounting education journals, Professor Sue Ravenscroft, Issues in Accounting</p><p>Education, Professor Richard M. S. Wilson, Accounting Education: an international</p><p>journal and Professor Neil Marriott, Associate Editor of Journal of Accounting Education</p><p>who deputised for Professor Jim Rebele. This session focussed on maximising the</p><p>potential for publication and highlighted areas for future work. The fifth plenary</p><p>session, delivered by Professor Mark Allison, Director of Education at the Institute of</p><p>Chartered Accountants of Scotland, concentrated on this latter aspect by providing an</p><p>update on the debate surrounding and progress of the common European curriculum.</p><p>The conference concluded with a BAA AE SIG lifetime achievement award, kindly</p><p>sponsored by Thomson Publishing, being made to Professor Reg Mathews (Charles</p><p>Sturt University, Australia) in recognition of his leadership and commitment to accounting</p><p>education.</p><p>The papers presented by delegates at the conference covered a wide range of areas and</p><p>the papers and research notes in this dedicated issue are indicative of the subjects</p><p>discussed at the conference.</p><p>The first paper, by John Ferguson, David Collison, David Power and Lorna</p><p>Stevenson, explores the production of introductory financial textbooks in the UK</p><p>and posits that accounting textbooks should be considered as cultural artefacts and</p><p>thus have the potential to reinforce cultural homogeneity through the advancement</p><p>of shared attitudes. Through an exploration of the factors that influence the content</p><p>of introductory accounting textbooks, the authors concluded that the most legitimate</p><p>content tended to be mandated by professional accountancy bodies through course</p><p>accreditation requirements. Introductory texts subsequently ignored the broader</p><p>context of the subject matter and areas such as ethical and moral development and</p><p>critical awareness.</p><p>The second paper, by Andrea Coulson and Ian Thomson, documents the dialogic design</p><p>of an Accounting and Sustainability module in an undergraduate degree programme. Their</p><p>paper details the range of learning activities, delivery and assessment mechanisms with a</p><p>view to providing guidance to other academics who wish to design similar modules.</p><p>The third paper, by Eleni Tourna, Trevor Hassall and John Joyce, undertakes a</p><p>comparative analysis of accounting educators career experiences within four European</p><p>universities. This analysis leads to the development of a conceptual framework aimed</p><p>at providing a greater understanding of the professional development of accounting</p><p>educators.</p><p>The fourth paper, by Philip Cooper, investigates the potential impact on the Manage-</p><p>ment Accounting curriculum resulting from the breadth and diversity of knowledge</p><p>needs of practising management accountants. Data was collected via an e-mailed question-</p><p>naire from the international membership of the Chartered Institute of Management</p><p>Accountants (CIMA) indicating that practitioners possess a much more widely-based</p><p>set of knowledge needs than might be envisaged in the traditional management accounting</p><p>curriculum.</p><p>The fifth paper, by Nigel Brown, reports on the process of development and pilot testing</p><p>of a new questionnaire to identify meta-cognitive patterns of accounting students.</p><p>The first Research Note, by Jon Lyons, explores the factors that impact on the learning</p><p>of first year students from non-traditional backgrounds. The second Research Note, by</p><p>Donna Mangion, presents the results of an exploratory study into the extent of social</p><p>240 Guest Editorial</p><p>Dow</p><p>nloa</p><p>ded </p><p>by [</p><p>Ein</p><p>dhov</p><p>en T</p><p>echn</p><p>ical</p><p> Uni</p><p>vers</p><p>ity] </p><p>at 0</p><p>7:38</p><p> 21 </p><p>Nov</p><p>embe</p><p>r 20</p><p>14 </p></li><li><p>and environmental accounting education within undergraduate programmes in 30 Austra-</p><p>lian universities.</p><p>The 2006 conference was hosted by London Metropolitan University during 2426</p><p>May, and the 2007 conference will be hosted by Glamorgan University during 2325</p><p>May, but will be held at Gregynog, a conference centre in mid-Wales managed by the</p><p>University of Wales. We hope you are able to attend this event.</p><p>Conference website:, we should like to thank the 35 reviewers who performed beyond the call of duty</p><p>in making the deadlines we set for this issue:</p><p>Sally Aisbitt Barbara Flood Neil Marriott</p><p>Alex Arthur Tim Fogarty Pru Marriott</p><p>Ataur Belal Jackie Granleese Reg Mathews</p><p>Nigel Brown Susan Hamilton Bill McInnes</p><p>Andrea Coulson Trevor Hassell Catriona Paisey</p><p>David Crowther Christine Helliar Diane Reay</p><p>Ronald Davidson Chris Humphrey Jim Rebele</p><p>Colin Dey Audrey Jackson Greg Stoner</p><p>Angus Duff John Joyce David Stout</p><p>A Gary Dworkin Elizabeth Keating Ian Thomson</p><p>Clive Emmanuel Jon Lyons David Trodden</p><p>John Ferguson Donna Mangion</p><p>It would not have been possible without you!</p><p>ELIZABETH GAMMIE</p><p>Robert Gordon University, UK</p><p>ALAN SANGSTER</p><p>Robert Gordon University, UK</p><p>NEIL MARRIOTT</p><p>University of Glamorgan, UK</p><p>Guest Editorial 241</p><p>Dow</p><p>nloa</p><p>ded </p><p>by [</p><p>Ein</p><p>dhov</p><p>en T</p><p>echn</p><p>ical</p><p> Uni</p><p>vers</p><p>ity] </p><p>at 0</p><p>7:38</p><p> 21 </p><p>Nov</p><p>embe</p><p>r 20</p><p>14 </p></li></ul>


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