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Rospigliosi, Asher; Bourner, Tom – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2021
What do people need to learn to engage actively in social action for neighbourhood improvement or development? How important is emergent learning relative to planned learning in this context? Where does first-person knowledge fit into the body of knowledge required for success in bringing about change for the better in neighbourhoods through…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Teamwork, Social Change, Social Action
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Bourner, Tom; Rospigliosi, Asher – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
The aim of this article is to make a contribution to understanding the ethos of action learning, by exploring how it was influenced by the early family experience of Reg Revans as the originator of action learning. In order to do so, it examines what is meant by the term 'ethos of action learning' in terms of its values and beliefs. The paper…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Teaching Methods, Family Life, Values
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Bourner, Tom; Brook, Cheryl; Pedler, Mike – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2018
This article concerns the origins of the idea of action learning, especially the claim by Revans that his Memorandum on "The Entry of Girls into the Nursing Profession" in Essex hospitals written in 1938 was the first step in the development of action learning. Whilst Revans repeatedly made this claim, there is no evidence in the actual…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Position Papers, Nursing Education, Training Methods
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Bourner, Tom – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2011
This article provides an account of self-managed action learning (SMAL), where it came from and how it has been implemented in practice. Self-managed action learning offers a way of realising action learning without the continuing presence of a set advisor in set meetings to facilitate the process. It enables participants to manage and facilitate…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Values, Self Management, Active Learning
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Bourner, Tom – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2011
The aim of this article is to explore several decades of experience of action learning and to distil lessons from that experience that are worth sharing with other practitioners. The method is to systematically collect the experiential data within three categories (sense-based, affective and cognitive data), interrogate them to draw out lessons…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Reflection, Case Studies, Higher Education
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Simpson, Penny; Bourner, Tom – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2007
This article is about what action learning is in the twenty-first century. In 1983 Reg Revans explained how action learning differed from seven phenomena with which it had been confused. This article explores how action learning differs from seven further phenomena with which it is currently confused. The article details similarities and…
Descriptors: Action Research, Focus Groups, Problem Based Learning, Experiential Learning
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Hughes, Mark; Bourner, Tom – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2005
This account of practice is about starting action learning set meetings. It focuses on a process sometimes known as the "check-in". The paper is based upon the experience of one of the authors (Mark). It raises questions about the contribution of the check-in to an action learning set meeting and whether the checking-in process has a…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Empathy, Reflection, Transformative Learning
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Bourner, Tom; Simpson, Penny – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2005
This paper is about Ph.Ds, practitioner-centred research and action learning. The aim of this paper is to help develop a framework for those completing doctorates based on action learning. The paper explores relationships between the personal learning of action learning participants and the public knowledge associated with conventional research.…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Teacher Researchers, Theory Practice Relationship, Doctoral Programs
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O'Hara, Suzanne; Bourner, Tom; Webber, Trix – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2004
This paper describes how an innovation in the practice of action learning, self-managed action learning (SMAL), was developed and then applied in practice on a number of management development programmes for a Health Board in Ireland. The nature of action learning set facilitation is discussed. The paper describes how the term set facilitator was…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Management Development, Evaluation