I was wanting to find out what CPD (continuing
professional development) and lifelong learning meant in practice for
professional accountants today and, as a result, how we should be learning in the future. My
doctoral research involved a large-scalesurvey with ICAEW chartered accountants
followed by in depth interviews with a cross-section of the respondents. I
presented the results of the survey at the 2011 Conference of the
Education Group of the British Accounting and Finance Association
(BAFA) and my article Patterns of
learning in the accountancy profession under an output-based continuing
professional development scheme was subsequently published in 2012 in Accounting Education: an International
I then presented apapercovering
the in-depth interviews and the development of my professional learning framework at the 2013 BAFA
Education Group Conference where I received the award for best paper. My subsequent
article More than ‘continuing
professional development’: a proposed new learning framework for professional
accountants was published in volume 25:1 of Accounting
Education: an International Journal.
I completed my doctoral
thesisin 2013. The picture shows me with my supervisor Dr Dorothy Harris at my graduation ceremony - and don't I look pleased!
I was delighted to find my findings resonated with other
professional bodies and PARN, the Professional Associations Research Network,
commissioned me to write a book. Adaptability: the secret to lifelong learning was subsequently published and copies are available from PARN.