Tag Archives: Engagement

Pragmatic postmodernism and engagement through the culture of continuous creativity

Miley, F. M., & Read, A. F. (2018). Pragmatic postmodernism and engagement through the culture of continuous creativity. Accounting Education. doi:10.1080/09639284.2018.1471727

Abstract:  In order to engage students who have difficulty with the dominant world-view presented by accounting, or who have negative views of accounting, a different approach to teaching is required. We developed the concept of pragmatic postmodernism in the teaching of accounting to merge a postmodern teaching philosophy with the constraints and realities of teaching accounting. It represents an attempt to synthesise the individual learning needs of contemporary students who have difficulty accepting the dominant world-view of accounting with the constraints inherent in the resourcing, architecture and systems surrounding the teaching of accounting. The purpose of this research is to describe the thinking behind a pragmatic postmodern approach to the teaching of accounting. We provide examples of teaching approaches consistent with pragmatic postmodernism, that we have used successfully in our teaching to engage students who might otherwise be disengaged in their learning because of their rejection of the dominant world-view of accounting. In keeping with the philosophical underpinnings of postmodernism, we do not offer a magical panacea but an approach to thinking about teaching that seeks to prioritise the individual learning experience while remaining cognisant of the many constraints on the teaching of accounting.


Believing the impossible: the use of visual metaphor to surprise accounting students

Miley, F. M., & Read, A. F. (2017). Believing the impossible: the use of visual metaphor to surprise accounting students. Paper presented at the BAFA Accounting Education SIG Annual Conference 2017, Cardiff.

Abstract:  To explain the concept of faithful representation in accounting, four works of art were presented to students.  By using the works of art as visual metaphors for different artistic approaches to faithful representation, students were able to construct shared meaning that helped them understand the application of faithful representation in an accounting context.  In this research, we explore the responses of the students to the works of art, how the art-works created dialogue that helped students to construct meaning in accounting, and student responses to the use of visual metaphor as a teaching technique in accounting.

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Making accounting interesting: Achieving the impossible through storytelling?

Lenses of LearningMiley, F. M., & Read, A. F. (2013). Making accounting interesting: Achieving the impossible through storytelling? In Flood, A. & Coleman, K. S. (Eds.), Disciplines: The Lenses of Learning (pp. 111-122). Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing LLC.


This research examines the use of creative student-led story presentations to overcome negative perceptions about accounting. It compares two groups of students: one group is enrolled in an accounting degree and the other group is studying a single course of accounting in a non-accounting degree program. While the non-accounting students responded positively and their perception of accounting was enhanced, there was little change in the attitude to accounting of the group enrolled in an accounting degree. Reflections on the results, the different responses of the two groups and the potential of creative storytelling approaches in university teaching conclude this chapter.

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