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Considerations of quality in phenomenographic research
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Methods, ISSN 1609-4069, Vol. 9, no 4, 305-319 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper the author considers issues of quality in phenomenographic research. Research rigor, which is traditionally evaluated by validity and reliability criteria, ensures that research findings reflect the object of study. Quality in research subsumes rigor and extends considerably beyond satisfying the criteria for rigor. A piece of research has to convince readers of its quality when evaluated against criteria that have been developed through contributions and agreements within the research community. This paper tackles the quality issue in phenomenographic research in three steps. First, criteria for quality in qualitative research are discussed. Second and drawing on the literature, related issues when the criteria are applied to phenomenographic studies and the ways of addressing the issues are examined. Finally, the phenomenographic process is analyzed and suggestions are made for enhancing quality at each stage of the process. New phenomenographic researchers especially will find this paper as a useful guide.

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2010. Vol. 9, no 4, 305-319 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85177OAI: diva2:565756
Available from: 2012-11-08 Created: 2012-11-08 Last updated: 2012-11-08
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1. An investigation of practitioners' and students' conceptions of accounting work
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2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
En studie av praktikers och studenters uppfattningar av redovisnings arbete
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims at exploring conceptions heJd of accounting work by students and practitioners. The findings are useful for informing accounting education and the cmTiculum and thus enhance accounting graduate readiness for work. This thesis addresses three research questions:

  1. What are practi tioners' conceptions of accounting work?
  2. What are accounting students' conceptions of accounting work?
  3. What are the similarities and differences between practitioners'and students' conceptions of accounting work?

Phenomenographic findings revealed a common awareness of thefunctional aspects of accounting work; but students possessed onlyvery inchoate understandings of social and ethical issues.Practitioners' conceptions of such issues suggest that accountinggraduates will face significant challenges as they enter a professionwhich has undergone significant changes in recent times.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna avhandling är att beskriva studenters och praktikers uppfattningar av redovisningsarbete. Resultatet är av betydelse för utformning av högre utbildning och undervisning inom redovisning samt för att bättre förbereda studenterna för professionell yrkesutövning efter examen. Avhandlingen besvarar tre frågeställningar:

  1. Hur uppfattas redovisningsarbete av yrkesutövande praktiker?
  2. Hur uppfattas redovisningsarbete av studenter i ämnet?
  3. Vilka likheter och skillnader finns mellan praktikers och studenters uppfattningar av redovisningsarbete?

Fenomenografiska analyser visade att studenter hade mindre utvecklade uppfattningar av sociala och etiska frågor i yrket än praktikerna, samtidigt som det fanns en överensstämmelse i uppfattningar om de funktionella aspekterna av redovisningsarbete. Skillnderna i uppfattningar avseende yrkets sociala och etiska frågor mellan studenter och praktiker indikerar att övergången från utbildning till professionsutövning innebär stora utmaningar för de nyutexaminerade när de träder in i en profession som genomgått stora förändringar under senare tid.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2011. 88 + papers 1-4 p.
Linköping Studies in Behavioural Science, ISSN 1654-2029 ; 157
Accounting profession, accounting higher education, conceptions of accounting work, professional ethics, generic skills, learning trajectory, Redovisningsprofession, redovisning högre utbildning, uppfattningar av redovisningsarbete, professionell etik, generiska färdigheter, lärandebanor
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Social Sciences
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69602 (URN)978-91-7393-174-8 (ISBN)
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2011-05-19, Eklundska salen (I:101), Hus I, Campus Valla, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2011-07-05 Created: 2011-07-05 Last updated: 2014-10-08Bibliographically approved

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