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Schumacher, Thomas – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
The article presents and illustrates the learning journey (LJ)--a new management development approach to inter-organisational learning based on observation, reflection and problem-solving. The LJ involves managers from different organisations and applies key concepts of action learning and systemic organisational development. Made up of…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Learning Processes, Management Development, Institutional Cooperation
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Milano, Chloe; Lawless, Aileen; Eades, Elaine – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
This account explores the role of action learning during and after an educational programme. We focus on the final stage of a master's programme and the insider research that is a key feature in many UK universities. Researching within one's own organization should lead to individual and organizational learning. However, there is relatively little…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Masters Programs, Experiential Learning, Problem Solving
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Marquardt, Michael J. – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
Action learning was introduced into China less than 20 years ago, but has rapidly become a valuable tool for organizations seeking to solve problems, develop their leaders, and become learning organizations. This article provides an historical overview of action learning in China, its cultural underpinnings, and five case studies. It concludes…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Educational History, Cultural Context
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Edmonstone, John – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
The paper examines the benefits claimed for action learning at individual, organisational and inter-organisational levels. It goes on to identify both generic difficulties in evaluating development programmes and action learning specifically. The distinction between formative and summative evaluation is considered and a summative evaluation…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Adult Education, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
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Traeger, James; Norgate, Carolyn – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
This is an account of practice. It explores the meeting point between action learning and action research, as a way of doing capacity building in organisational development (OD) in the NHS in the UK. The authors were part of a short cooperative inquiry (Heron, J. 1996. "Co-operative Inquiry: Research into the Human Condition." London:…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Capacity Building, Inquiry, Cooperative Learning
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Reese, Simon R. – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
This paper reflects upon a three-step process to expand the problem definition in the early stages of an action learning project. The process created a community-powered problem-solving approach within the action learning context. The simple three steps expanded upon in the paper create independence, dependence, and inter-dependence to aid the…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Educational Practices, Educational Change, Problem Solving
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Stevens, Gillian; de Vera, Manuel – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
The article describes the experience of forming a set in a higher education institution and offers some observations and insights gained from the perspectives of the role of the set adviser, cultural differences and the challenges of attempting to align theory, practice and experience.
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Cultural Differences, Theory Practice Relationship, Faculty Development
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Cramer, Hendrik; Dewulf, Geert; Voordijk, Hans – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
This study demonstrates how action research (AR) that is aimed at scaling-up experiments can be applied to support a strategy formation process (SFP) in a subsidized long-term care network. Previous research has developed numerous AR frameworks to support experiments in various domains, but has failed to explain how to apply AR and action learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, Health Services, Experiential Learning
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Gearty, Margaret – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
This paper explores the combination of storytelling and reflective action research as a means to effect change and learning within and across communities and organizations. Taking the complex challenge of "pro-environmental behaviour change" as an example, the paper reflects on the experiences of a pilot project run for the UK government…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Action Research, Foreign Countries, Rural Areas
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Joesbury, Mark – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
The mission of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is to safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and to inform and encourage continual improvement in the management of the quality of higher education. As part of this mission, QAA undertakes reviews of higher education provision…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Continuing Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Leonard, H. Skipton – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
Clients and practitioners alike are often confused about the ultimate purpose of action learning (AL). Because of the title of the method, many believe the primary goal of AL is to generate learning. This article clarifies the relationship between action, learning, and solutions. It also provides historical evidence to support the conclusion that…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Role of Education, Problem Solving, Leadership Training
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Stephens, Simon; Margey, Michael – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
Action learning involves balancing the often conflicting forces between working knowledge and academic knowledge. This paper explores the experience of executive learners; academics and external contributors involved in action learning at the postgraduate level. The executive learners are members of cohorts on two masters programmes based in…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Knowledge Level, Graduate Students, Foreign Countries
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Bwegyeme, Jacinta; Munene, John C. – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
The article presents an account of how action learning principles were implemented to alleviate complex problems in universities. It focuses on the registrars and administrators under the academic Registrar's department. The Marquardt model of action learning was used in combination with the constructivist theories of learning, namely community of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Problem Solving, Universities
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Antell, Sonja; Heywood, John – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
Action learning is often used as an element of leadership development programmes. The intention is to support classroom learning with an experiential thread which runs throughout the life of the programme. Action Learning Associates (ALA) has been working with an international organisation for three years to deliver the global "First Line…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Facilitators (Individuals), Delivery Systems, Global Approach
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Reese, Simon – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
This paper reflects upon a sub-optimal action learning application with a strategic business re-design project. The objective of the project was to improve the long-term business performance of a subsidiary business and build the strategic plan. Action learning was introduced to aid the group in expanding their view of the real problems…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Problem Solving, Academic Failure, Expectation
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