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ERIC Number: EJ1258299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7333
How Do Public Leaders Learn from Society? A Reflexive Analysis of Action Learners
Murphy, Anne; Canel, María José; Barandiarán, Xabier
Action Learning: Research and Practice, v17 n2 p172-185 2020
This paper uses action learning as a basis for producing research data that help explore the relationship between learning and listening in public organizations. The regional government of Gipuzkoa in northern Spain is engaged in a sustained effort to change the way it interacts with and interprets the future needs of society. Based on grounded theory and on a review of key concepts about critical action learning, a reflexive analysis of the implementation of the methodology of action learning with policy makers was conducted. The paper explores the learning journey participants undertake when implementing a governmental programme of citizen engagement, and shows that a space for criticality resulted in participants learning to listen to each other, and consequently to society, in ways which had previously been beyond reach. The paper concludes by discussing the learning implications for listening to society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain