A critical examination of research methods applied in accounting education research
Faculty of Business and Public Management
School of Accounting, Finance and Business Economics
This study examines research methods applied in accounting education research as published in the leading accounting education and accounting journals for the period 1989 to 1998 using the important Williams et al (1988) framework as a template. In total 883 articles were found to have addressed a range of issues associated with accounting education. Despite strident calls for change, there was no evidence of increasing trends towards empirical methods. Empirical research methods were least applied in the major topic of 'Educational Process' compared to other accounting education topics. No evidence was found of the adoption of qualitative approaches despite a rich tradition and support for qualitative research methods in the education literature.