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Boak, George; Watt, Peter; Gold, Jeff; Devins, David; Garvey, Robert – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
This paper contributes to an understanding of the processes by which organisational actors learn how to affect positive and sustainable social change in their local region through action learning, action research and appreciative inquiry. The paper is based on a critically reflective account of key findings from an ongoing action research project,…
Descriptors: Ethics, Social Change, Sustainability, Action Research
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Beniston, Lee; Ellwood, Paul; Gold, Jeff; Roberts, James; Thorpe, Richard – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2014
There is increasing evidence that action learning is valuable in a higher education setting. This paper goes on to report a personal development programme, based on principles of critical action learning, where the aim is to equip early-career scientists and engineers working in a university setting with the knowledge, skills and confidence to…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Innovation, Science Process Skills, Critical Thinking
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Calver, Julia; Gold, Jeff; Stewart, Jim – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2013
In the UK, the creative sector has been identified as a key strand in the economic recovery strategy. Composed of mostly micro and small enterprises often grouping together for particular commissions and projects, there is a tendency to operate primarily through a series of networks made up of peers. This paper presents the outcomes of a…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Industry, Educational Change
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Anderson, Lisa; Gold, Jeff – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2009
In this paper we consider the construction of narrative identity and particularly how managers of small businesses may construct new narrative identities within the activity of the action learning situation. We build on recent work to suggest that the "world" of managers can be explored through a consideration of Vygotsky's socio-cultural theory…
Descriptors: Small Businesses, Experiential Learning, Administrators, Identification
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Claxton, Julia; Gold, Jeff; Edwards, Claire; Coope, Gary – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2009
Lord Leitch was commissioned by the Chancellor in 2004 with a remit to "identify the UK's optimal skills mix in 2020 to maximise economic growth, productivity and social justice and to consider the policy implications of achieving the level of change required." In the 2006 Budget, the Chancellor asked Lord Leitch to consider how to…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Skill Development, Foreign Countries, Leadership Training
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Gold, Jeff; Anderson, Lisa; Clarke, Jean; Thorpe, Richard – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2009
This paper considers the work of the Russian social philosopher and cultural theorist, Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin as a source of understanding for those involved in action learning. Drawing upon data gathered over two years during the evaluation of 20 action learning sets in the north of England, we will seek to work with the ideas of Bakhtin to…
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Group Dynamics