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Type :monograph
Subject :HF5601 Accounting
Main Author :Ibrahim Mohd Yusoff, Tamby Chek Ibrahim, Ismail Khalid,
Title :Factors influencing the popularity of accounting at Malaysian higher school certificate (IR)
Place of Production :Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
Publisher :Fakulti Pengurusan dan Ekonomi
Year of Publication :2003
Corporate Name :Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
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Abstract : Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
Accounting as a subject at Malaysian Higher School Certificate (MHSC) had declined its popularity, Contrary to the general perception of its economic value, students tend to prefer other alternative subjects than accounting. To revive the status of Accounting at MHSC, there is an urgent need to investigate the problems and to identify solutions. Past studies shed some lights on factors influencing students in choosing accounting in tertiary education. Among others are student's perception on accounting and accounting profession, job satisfaction, earning potentials, availability of employment, talent and social status. This paper reports the result of an empirical study examining the perceptions of students in the Lower Sixth Form towards Accounting. The data from 818 students was analyzed using non-parametric tests. The analysis has identified several contradictory perceptions towards Accounting among students. It also identified eleven factors which could have influenced the students at the lower sixth in choosing accounting at MHSC. There are significant differences in several factors and several perceptions between gender, race, students with different accounting background and the choice of accounting at MHSC. The findings from this research will be valuable in assisting relevant parties in selecting actions towards improving the popularity of the subject at MHSC. Some of the parties benefited will be: The Ministry of Education (Curriculum Development Centre and School Division), Malaysian Examination Council, The Local University, Accounting teachers and the public (parents and future candidates).
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