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This article was originally published as Abraham, A, A commentary on 'the order of teaching accounting topics - why do most textbooks end with the beginning?', Accounting Education: An International Journal, 17(1),2008, 15-18.


This paper deals with an issue of relevance to all those involved in teaching accounting from a student-centred perspective – the order in which topics should be introduced to students in an introductory accounting subject. The stated purpose of the paper is “to stimulate debate” (p. 9). In order to do this, the author presents an argument for her proposed ordering for the introduction of topics and then reports the results of her analysis of the sequencing of chapters in twenty three selected textbooks. These two distinct sections of the paper will be discussed first separately and then drawn together in the concluding remarks.



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