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ERIC Number: EJ830892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Using Action Learning for Professional Development
Stark, Sheila
Educational Action Research, v14 n1 p23-43 Mar 2006
This paper discusses using action learning with different professional groups in the UK--nurses and educators. It addresses the question: To what extent is action learning an effective approach in relation to professional development, and, if so, in what way/s? The formulation and developmental processes of action learning sets are examined. The paper provides examples of the professional and personal development of these individuals as a result of experiencing the action learning process, as well as some positive impacts (outcomes) they achieved at an organisational level. It is also argued, however, that current tensions and challenges within professional groupings, cultures and contexts can impede action learning and, hence, have a negative impact on professional development. For example, political agendas and the psychodynamics of organisational life were found to hinder, or discourage, the learning process, i.e. the likelihood of bringing about change, in favour of maintaining the status quo for the individuals themselves and within their organisational structures. (Contains 3 notes and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom