ERIC Number: EJ1020445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Resistance in Action Learning: Struggling with Self-Efficacy and the Social Self--and What about the Set Advisor?
Action Learning: Research and Practice, v10 n3 p264-275 2013
This account of practice explores the concept of resistance in action learning. Resistance is conceptualized as an attempt of self-protection that is manifested in action learners' struggles with their sense of self-efficacy and their social Self. These struggles are an inherent part of the action learning process and may elicit defensive undercurrents that constrain learning. I contribute to debates on criticality in action learning by recognizing the centrality of resistance as a source of learning for participants and set advisors. The intended contribution of this paper is to illuminate the importance of engaging with these limiting processes which can spark a powerful learning experience that reverberates long after the action learning programme has finished. Furthermore, I reflect on the opportunities this alternative view on resistance may provide for us as action learning facilitators and discuss how we may incorporate these reflections in our practice.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Experiential Learning, Resistance (Psychology), Graduate Students, Expectation, Student Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationship, Empowerment, Group Dynamics, Problem Sets, Self Concept
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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