Reflective practice and learning in accounting education

Steven Dellaportas, Peta Stevenson-Clarke, Mahesh Joshi, Teresa De Fazio

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This study explores the extent to which a unique and disruptive experience (a field trip to a prison) combined with reflective writing resulted in transformative learning by students enrolled in an accounting ethics course. Students were provided with clearly defined steps (‘prompts’) designed to encourage them to think logically and to reflect upon their experience, with student narratives collected before, and following the field trip. Analysis of these narratives reveals evidence of transformative learning in that students articulated not just the content of learning but changes in their perspectives of accounting practice, white-collar offenders and what it should mean to be a professional accountant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-381
Number of pages27
JournalAccounting Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished Online - 30 May 2022


  • Transformative learning
  • accounting ethics
  • reflective practice
  • reflective prompts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Education


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