ACCOUNTING RESEARCH AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF ACCOUNTING PROFESSION IN NIGERIA: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS

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Accounting research is a critical element in the development of Accounting education curriculum, teaching pedagogy, modernization and innovation of all parts of accounting practice. The educational system at the university and professional level is examined. An empirical survey of existing research publications in journals, conference proceedings, postgraduate theses and dissertations was conducted in Nigerian universities since 1980s. Data were collected through a structured questionnaire on research output areas, postgraduate training/research opportunities, academic staff time utilization structure, and academia-practitioner linkage. The role of Nigerian universities significantly provoked development of accounting profession. The educational system has evolved, but the relationship between the profession and the universities continues to be problematic for the accounting profession to achieve its goals in Nigerian economic development.

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ACCOUNTING RESEARCH AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF ACCOUNTINGPROFESSION IN NIGERIA: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSISByMuhammad A.M. Mainoma, Ph.D.Department of AccountingNasarawa State University, Keffi, NigeriaAndSuleiman A.S. AruwaDepartment of AccountingUniversity of Abuja, NigeriaPaper presented at theINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTUNIVERSITY OF GHANA, ACCRA.AbstractAccounting research is a critical element in the development of Accountingeducation curriculum, teaching pedagogy, modernization and innovation of allparts of accounting practice. The educational system at the university andprofessional level is examined. An empirical survey of existing researchpublications in journals, conference proceedings, postgraduate theses anddissertations was conducted in Nigerian universities since 1980s. Data werecollected through a structured questionnaire on research output areas,postgraduate training/research opportunities, academic staff time utilizationstructure, and academia-practitioner linkage. The role of Nigerian universitiessignificantly provoked development of accounting profession. The educationalsystem has evolved, but the relationship between the profession and theuniversities continues to be problematic for the accounting profession toachieve its goals in Nigerian economic development. There is a weak nexusbetween instruction, practice and research, lack of balance of theory andpractice in curriculum, University rules and regulations are

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