The structured aspects of CPD


Associate faculty member Kathie Ross presented her paper "Learning our place: problematizing continuing professional development for women accountants" at the Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Her paper, co-authored with Kathryn Haynes and Jim Haslam, assesses that the experience of accountants undertaking continuing professional development (CPD) and the value gained from the requirement for CPD hours is dependent on the professional’s original placement within the field. CPD has been used to maintain professional identity and towards attempting to construct a new professional identity and CPD itself influences the professional identity of professionals. The structured and structuring aspects of CPD and the manner in which CPD is provided and undertaken contributes to maintaining gendered structures within the profession and maintaining a professional identity that stabilizes the symbolic violence and retains a women’s place in the accounting field.