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ERIC Number: ED474317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 213
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-57524-203-6
Action Learning: Images and Pathways. Professional Practices in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Series.
Dilworth, Robert L.; Willis, Verna J.
This book provides information and strategies on how adult educators can integrate action learning concepts in their teaching practice. The book defines action learning as going beyond the traditional idea of "learn by doing" and applies it to various organizational cultures and educational contexts. Chapter 1 introduces the origins of action learning, its governing philosophy, and basic principles and requirements. Chapter 2 presents five domains of practice and 16 contexts in which action learning can be applied. Chapter 3 examines methods by which an instructor can gain students' commitment to the action learning process. Chapters 4 and 5 discuss the following topics: (1) selecting models; (2) establishing time frames; (3) identifying problems; (4) specifying the terms of students' participation; (5) phases of the action learning process; and (6) implementation issues. Chapter 6 summarizes the forces and barriers that may assist or hinder the application of action learning in specific contexts. Chapter 7 discusses the transformative potential of action learning. Chapter 8 provides checklists and reminders, tips on how to customize an action learning program, and pointers on how to deal with diverse settings. The book contains a glossary, a bibliography, 62 references, and a 17-page index. (AJ)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Foreword by Reginald W. Revans.