Professional Learning Through Everyday Work: How Finance Professionals Self-Regulate Their Learning

Allison Littlejohn, Colin Milligan, Rosa Pia Fontana, Anoush Margaryan

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Professional learning is a critical component of ongoing improvement and innovation and the adoption of new practices in the workplace. Professional learning is often achieved through learning embedded in everyday work tasks. However, little is known about how professionals self-regulate their learning through regular work activities. This paper explores how professionals in the finance sector (n-30) self-regulate their learning through day-to-day work. Analysis focuses on three sub-processes of self-regulated learning that have been identified as significant predictors of good self-regulated learning at work. A key characteristic of good self-regulation is viewing learning as a form of long-term, personalised self-improvement. This studyprovides a foundation for future policy and planning in organisations aiming to encourage self-regulated learning.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVocations and Learning
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)207–226
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Self-regulated learning
  • Professional learning
  • Workplace learning
  • Finance sector

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