PurposeThe objective of this paper is to examine the extent to which South African accounting academics use case studies in their teaching and to establish their views on whether this method can be used to transfer soft skills (also known as pervasive skills) to students. Design/methodology/approachAn electronically administered questionnaire was sent to South African accounting academics. FindingsPrior research provides evidence of the value of case studies in the transfer of soft/pervasive skills to students. The findings reveal that case studies are used less frequently by South African accounting academics than their international counterparts, due to a lack of awareness by South African accounting academics of the competencies that can be transferred using case studies, and the application of alternative teaching methods. Originality/valueThis paper provides insight into the use of case studies by academics in a developing country whose traditional strengths were in technical teaching, and the reluctance of the majority of South African accounting academics to embrace case studies into their academic programmes.
Meditari Accountancy Research – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 8, 2016
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