Study of financial accounting theory

In generating theories of accounting based upon what accountants actually do, it is unspecified (often implicitly) that what is done by the majority of accountants is the most suitable practice.

In adopting such a perspective there is, in a sense, a perspective of accounting Darwinism-a view that accounting practice has evolved, and fittest, or perhaps ‘best’, practices have survived. Prescriptions or advice are given to others on the basis of what most accountants do-the ‘logic’ being that majority of accountants must be doing the most appropriate thing.

a. Explain the meaning of the above paragraph and evaluate the logic of the perspective described

b. Based on the above paragraph, can we say that the study of financial accounting theory is just a waste of time for accounting students? Explain your answer either you agree or disagree.

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