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Edmonstone, John; Lawless, Aileen; Pedler, Mike – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
The paper examines whether, if leadership is defined by the willingness to tackle wicked issues, and if action learning is employed for leadership development purposes, do the action learning participants on leadership development programmes address such wicked issues? It adopts a version of dialogical sense-making to consider this and describes…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Experiential Learning, Student Motivation, Academic Achievement
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Elliott, Tish; Pedler, Mike – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2018
If everyone is contributing, if action learning involves collective learning, then new knowledge is created through a collaborative process. This is not expert knowledge and no 'one truth' is produced, this is a collective knowledge arising from a common purpose and a shared quest. Such knowledge continues to evolve without the intention to fix or…
Descriptors: Intellectual Property, Experiential Learning, Cooperative Learning, Teamwork
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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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Aspinwall, Kath; Pedler, Mike; Radcliff, Phil – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2018
This paper presents a case study based on the evaluation of the two VAL (virtual action learning) sets. We report participants learning both leadership and the VAL process based on the basis of telephone interviews. We conclude that what is learned about leadership is connected with how learning takes place and suggest that the content and process…
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Experiential Learning, Leadership Training, Case Studies
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Pedler, Mike; Brook, Cheryl – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2017
This paper explores selective literatures in the two fields of action learning and innovation, and seeks insights into the processes of, and connections between, innovation, engagement and implementation. We searched the action learning articles for references to innovation, beginning with the work of Revans, who highlights the innovation paradox,…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Innovation, Logical Thinking, Philosophy
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Pedler, Mike; Hsu, Shih-wei – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2014
This paper explores the idea of unlearning in Critical Action Learning (CAL) as applied to the wicked problems of organisations and societies. It draws on data and ideas developed during a research project conducted for "Skills for Care" by Pedler, Abbott, Brook and Burgoyne ("Skills for Care" 2014) and from experiences on…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Social Work, Caseworkers, Learning
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Pedler, Mike; Hauser, Bernhard; Caulat, Ghislaine – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2014
This paper brings together the reflections of the authors on their shared and individual experiences of virtual action learning. Whilst many conclusions are shared, there are also some points of difference in practices.
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Reflection, Learning Experience, Computer Mediated Communication
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Pedler, Mike – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2012
This essay is about how to learn to organise to tackle the intractable and most difficult problems of organisations and societies. It opens with a discussion of the nature of such problems, which are the spur for Revans' action learning and the focus of some recent thinking on leadership. Action learning works on the basis of peer relationships…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Learning Strategies, Cancer, Experiential Learning
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Pedler, Mike; Attwood, Margaret – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2011
This paper explores the contribution that action learning can make to the formation of social capital via experiences of action learning projects in NHS Pathology Services in the UK. The paper describes the development of action learning practice in recent years, reviews the notion of social capital and considers how action learning might…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Pathology, Social Capital, Foreign Countries
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Dickenson, Mollie; Burgoyne, John; Pedler, Mike – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2010
This paper reports findings from research that set out to explore virtual action learning (VAL) as an emerging variety of action learning (AL). In bringing together geographically dispersed individuals within and across organizations, and possibly across time, VAL has obvious potential in both educational and commercial contexts. Whilst there is…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Educational Practices, Virtual Classrooms, Network Analysis
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Trehan, Kiran; Pedler, Mike – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2009
Increasing attention is focusing on the value of critical approaches to enhancing leadership and management development processes. This paper examines how a critical action learning perspectives can be harnessed to produce valuable learning and development through critically reflective practise. Critical action learning approaches not only explore…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Management Development, Leadership, Reflection
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Coghlan, David; Pedler, Mike – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2006
In qualification programmes based on action learning, there has hitherto been little articulation of what is particular to research dissertations undertaken in an action learning mode. This article addresses the questions of what such a dissertation entails and how it can be undertaken, supervised and examined. It discusses some of the foundations…
Descriptors: Learning Modalities, Experiential Learning, Doctoral Dissertations, Management Development
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Pedler, Mike; Burgoyne, John; Brook, Cheryl – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2005
This inquiry originates in a conversation between the first two authors which concluded with the challenge that a Revans Institute for Action Learning & Research should not only be doing research "by" action learning and but should also be researching "into" action learning itself. Action learning has been a recognised…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Evaluation Research