Preparing students for the workplace in developing countries: a study of accounting education in Libya

Abdulaziz Y. S. Mosbah, Christopher Cowton, Julie Drake, Wilma Teviotdale

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Abstract

Through qualitative analysis of a dozen semi-structured interviews, this study identifies the issues that limit the ability of accounting education programmes to prepare students for the workplace in Libya, a country in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. Factors include: faculty’s lack of practical experience; weak links with the profession; a traditional curriculum; teacher-centred pedagogy; traditional forms of assessment; the number and quality of students; limited or outdated resources; and poor physical infrastructure. As a study of the preparation of students for the workplace in a developing country, which takes account of both faculty and practitioner views, this paper also contributes to the limited literature on accounting education in Libya. Considering the findings through the lens of institutional theory concepts leads to recommendations for options that are likely to be relevant not only to Libya but also to the wider MENA region and other developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages29
JournalAccounting Education
Early online date11 Mar 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Mar 2022

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