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Non-academic factors contributing towards performance of postgraduate open distance learning accounting students

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Rooyen, Annelien Adriana
dc.contributor.advisor Papageorgiou, K.
dc.contributor.author Aboo, Fazana
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-23T13:40:25Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-23T13:40:25Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Aboo, Fazana (2017) Non-academic factors contributing towards performance of postgraduate open distance learning accounting students, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/23393>
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/23393
dc.description.abstract South Africa has a low throughput rate in the public higher education sector which leads to severe skill shortages that are urgently required by the country. In particular, the financial skills shortages are severe, especially those of accountants and chartered accountants. Keeping in mind the vastness of the University of South Africa’s (Unisa’s) market share of accounting students in South Africa, it is important to understand the distinct challenges related to retention and throughput of students pursuing an accounting qualification at an open distance learning institution such as Unisa. If one considers the landscape of accounting education in South Africa, the unique challenges faced by accounting students at Unisa and the recent scholarly addresses on retention and throughput of distance education students, as well as the disadvantaging factors with which Unisa students are faced, this study contributes to the theoretical comprehension of students’ retention and throughput rates in accounting education at postgraduate level. The focus of the current study was mainly on non-academic factors affecting the performance of accounting students at postgraduate level, since much research has already been done on academic factors that affect the performance of accounting students. Many studies are focussed on students at undergraduate level; therefore, in this study, postgraduate students studying towards becoming a chartered accountant were chosen. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 147 leaves) : illustrations
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Accounting education en
dc.subject Distance education en
dc.subject Open distance learning en
dc.subject Non-academic factors en
dc.subject Financial Accounting en
dc.subject Postgraduate accounting students en
dc.subject Academic performance en
dc.subject.ddc 657.0711682275
dc.subject.lcsh Academic achievement -- South Africa -- Pretoria -- Evaluation en
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Higher -- South Africa -- Pretoria -- Planning en
dc.subject.lcsh Graduate students -- South Africa -- Pretoria en
dc.subject.lcsh Distance education -- South Africa -- Pretoria -- Planning en
dc.subject.lcsh Open learning -- South Africa -- Pretoria en
dc.subject.lcsh Accounting -- Study and teaching (Graduate) -- South Africa -- Pretoria en
dc.subject.lcsh University of South Africa -- Graduate students -- Social aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh University of South Africa -- Graduate students -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Accountants -- Supply and demand -- South Africa -- Pretoria en
dc.title Non-academic factors contributing towards performance of postgraduate open distance learning accounting students en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Financial Accounting
dc.description.degree M. Phil. (Accounting Sciences)


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