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Donovan, Paul – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2011
Collective decision making is an increasing requirement in organizations where the emphasis is on team work at every level. It is, however, very complex and difficult to achieve in practice. Too frequently, important discussions are bypassed or, while the majority of the meeting participants remain mute, decisions are being made by a vocal few. In…
Descriptors: Action Research, Experiential Learning, Active Learning, Participative Decision Making
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Thornton, Kate; Yoong, Pak – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2011
This paper reports on a research study that involved the use of blended action learning to support leadership development within the New Zealand education sector. An important contributor to the success of this technology-enabled approach to professional learning was the role taken by the blended action learning facilitator. Two complementary…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Facilitators (Individuals), Teacher Role
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McNabb, David; Webster, Michael – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2010
Since the mid-1980s, health service restructuring in New Zealand has strengthened managerialism, arguably detracting from professional considerations. Professional leaders without line-management responsibilities have replaced social work departments headed by a professional social worker. An emerging social work contribution to interdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Leadership, Social Work
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Mueller, Jens; Liang, Tan Wee; Hanjun, Hu; Thornton, John – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2006
In this paper, the authors review more than 300 reports of students in New Zealand, Australia, China, Singapore and South Korea who have participated in a global action-learning program to teach entrepreneurship and free market economics to their respective communities, through Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). The authors use the results of…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Entrepreneurship, Free Enterprise System
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Cockburn-Wootten, Cheryl; Henderson, Alison; Rix, Caroline – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2005
An action research project, managed by a graduate student, resulted in the development of an academic website as an effective internal and external communication tool. The main focus of the investigation was to uncover the tacit knowledge held by staff in the Department of Management Communication through a series of in-depth interviews, a focus…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Action Research, Research Methodology, Focus Groups