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Gary Shepherd – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2024
This paper poses the question 'What can we learn from the person-centred counselling literature which could be used by the action learning facilitator to help benefit the set?'. This question may be particularly important to facilitators seeking new ways to run their sets and to facilitators who would like to introduce a more humanistic and less…
Descriptors: Humanistic Education, Experiential Learning, Counseling, Literature
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Chandana Sanyal – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2024
This paper explores the professional practice of the Action Learning (AL) facilitator through a process of critical inquiry, self-reflection and evaluation of action learning practice within a Higher Education Leadership Programme, commissioned by an English NHS Mental Health Trust. Action research was adopted as the overarching research approach…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Inquiry, Reflection, Facilitators (Individuals)
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Fiona Scrase; George Boak – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2024
This Account of Practice concerns a short training programme for action learning facilitators, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The programme is run on action learning principles and it involves participants working as an action learning set, taking turns to act as facilitators, set members, and issue holders, and reflecting on the…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Skill Development, Facilitators (Individuals), Program Effectiveness
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Hauser, Bernhard; Rigg, Clare; Trehan, Kiran; Vince, Russ – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2023
Critical Action Learning (CAL) is a well-established approach to action learning. However, it has not necessarily been clear to action learning practitioners what makes CAL 'critical' and what are the implications in practice. In CAL, the facilitator has a key role in helping the set to engage with underlying emotions and power relations that are…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Experiential Learning, Facilitators (Individuals), Psychological Patterns
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Radke, Thomas – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2023
Inside the action learning community there are many very open accounts and considerations of specific challenges and general phenomena such as power, emotion, action and learning. 'Am I doing it right' (Pedler and Abbott 2008 ["Am I Doing it Right? Facilitating Action Learning for Service Improvement." "Leadership in Health…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Facilitators (Individuals), Faculty Development, Critical Theory
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Pillay, Rosetta – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2022
The many genres of action learning have contributed to solving business and social problems, individual development and organisational learning. Different authors have scrutinised the role of the action-learning facilitator in upholding the precepts of action learning. Whilst the responsibilities of the facilitator to the group are significant,…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Facilitators (Individuals), Individual Development, Foreign Countries
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Callaghan, David; Collins, Helen – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2021
This paper explores the literature around online and blended learning. The impetus came from a cohort of 60 students being led through their dissertation by an e-learning evangelist. Initially the pedagogy closely followed Salmon's Five Stage Model, Wenger's Community of Practice, and traditional Social Constructivism pedagogies. In hindsight, it…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Electronic Learning, Blended Learning, Theses
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Changjun, Tang – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
In partnership with both a local external consulting group (GENE100) working with UK based action learning specialist organisation (C-ALF), a state-owned large Chinese corporation transformed its leadership learning potential by integrating action learning methodologies into its core leadership development programme whilst addressing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Leadership Training, Program Design
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Winning, Colin – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
ResDiary is a Glasgow-based software company providing software to the hospitality industry. Over a 9-year period the company has grown from 5 to 100 employees and increased annual turnover 20x. In January 2019, the CEO retired from the business and two new CEOs were appointed. This account of practice investigates what organisational changes were…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Computer Software, Hospitality Occupations, Corporations
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Brook, Cheryl; Abbott, Christine – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
This paper explores the learning and experience of Western action learning facilitators engaged in developing Chinese facilitators of action learning, all of whom were also managers, as part of a qualification programme based in China. The Western facilitators interviewed for this study had been specifically asked by their hosts to deliver a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Facilitators (Individuals), Organizational Development
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Anderson, Sam; Broadhurst, Caroline; Edwards, Siobhan; Smith, Michelle – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
This paper gives an account of how Action Learning Sets (ALS) are used in two of The Rank Foundation investment streams to support the social action impact of charities and social enterprises. With the aid of two Case Studies, the paper illustrates how the ALS can help to connect, sustain and support the social action responses of the local…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Social Change, Problem Solving, Community Organizations
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Scott, Daniel – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
While on my own journey of personal development in action learning facilitation, I conducted a research project in response to the question: How do facilitators most effectively support Critical Action Learning (CAL)? From selecting the topic and establishing the methodology, through to collecting data and analysing the results, this account…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Facilitators (Individuals), Research Projects, Research Methodology
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Robertson, Jane; le Sueur, Heidi; Terblanche, Nicky – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
Facilitating reflection for personal growth in a business context requires careful thought and planning. As a learning process, Business-Driven Action Learning (BDAL) has two points of focus. It aims to firstly identify and make recommendations regarding a business challenge, whist secondly facilitating potentially significant individual personal…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Transformative Learning, Reflection, Management Development
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Scott, Daniel – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
In completing an action learning facilitation qualification in 2012, I documented an account of practice during the first year of my experience as a facilitator. The main areas of my learning related to four themes: fear of rejection, using and abusing power, content versus process and critical action learning. These learnings are linked to…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Power Structure, Course Content, Rejection (Psychology)
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Wilson, Nicola; Dewis, Caragh – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
This account of practice shares insights from past and present members of a self-facilitating action learning set, where each of the members is an action learning facilitator. Motivations for joining the set encompassed the opportunity to 'practice what you preach' by being a set member as well as a facilitator, the potential to refine and develop…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Facilitators (Individuals), Motivation, Self Efficacy
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