From ‘rock stars’ to ‘hygiene factors’:teachers at private accountancy tuition providers


In this paper, we examine the role, status and autonomy of teachers at English private accountancy tuition providers from 1980 to the present. We argue that, during this period, teachers transformed from ‘rock stars’ who enjoyed significant status and autonomy over their work to ‘hygiene factors’ in a largely standardised and commodified teaching environment. Growing cost pressures on tuition providers and an increasing emphasis on the quality and consistency of the learning experience are identified as significant factors in this transformation. We discuss these findings with reference to current developments towards corporatisation and marketisation in the English higher education sector.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Accounting
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
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Uncontrolled Keywords: accounting education,accounting history,accountancy tuition,commodification,corporatisation,oral history
Publication ISSN: 1032-3732
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2024 07:12
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 09:00
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018-02-01
Published Online Date: 2017-09-27
Accepted Date: 2017-03-20
Authors: Gebreiter, Florian (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-5981-0476)
Davies, Matt
Finley, Simon
Gee, Lara (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3801-3133)
Weaver, Lisa
Yates, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4285-5520)



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