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Sandager, Dorte; Bragh, Kirsten; Svalgaard, Lotte – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
Promoting open reflection and exploration on group dynamics is delicate work and is often considered 'not very business-like' in a business context. How to approach this work is a constant balance and struggle for action learning practitioners. In this account of practice, we present central elements in our action learning framework -- Action…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Experiential Learning, Business, Teaching Methods
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Sanyal, Chandana – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2018
This paper explores the practice of action learning (AL) facilitation in supporting AL set members to address their 'messy' problems through a self-reflexive approach using the concept of 'living theory' [Whitehead, J., and J. McNiff. 2006. "Action Research Living Theory." London: Sage]. The facilitation practice is investigated through…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Facilitators (Individuals), Investigations, Educational Theories
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Aspinwall, Kath; Pedler, Mike; Radcliff, Phil – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2018
This paper presents a case study based on the evaluation of the two VAL (virtual action learning) sets. We report participants learning both leadership and the VAL process based on the basis of telephone interviews. We conclude that what is learned about leadership is connected with how learning takes place and suggest that the content and process…
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Experiential Learning, Leadership Training, Case Studies
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Shepherd, Gary – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
In this account of practice I would like to share my experiences of facilitating a Critical Reflection Action Learning (CRAL) set with a small family run business, struggling to make change and expand their services due to the problems they encountered in separating their business lives from their family lives. The account I present here is based…
Descriptors: Small Businesses, Family (Sociological Unit), Active Learning, Reflection
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Boak, George – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
This paper is based on a study of learning processes within 35 healthcare therapy teams that took action to improve their services. The published research on team learning is introduced, and the paper suggests it is an activity that has similarities with action research and with those forms of action learning where teams address collective…
Descriptors: Health Services, Learning Processes, Cooperative Learning, Teamwork
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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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Ferrell, Elizabeth W.; Nance, Cara N.; Torres, Amanda L.; Torres, Selina M. – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2014
Many urban high schools serving low-income families have below-average attendance rates, which can indicate that fewer students are prepared to matriculate into college and career opportunities. Through the use of participatory action research (PAR), we--a group of four educators at Wilson High School--have changed school policies and procedures…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Action Research, Attendance, Urban Schools
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Wyton, Paul; Payne, Robin – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2014
The introduction of a Lean approach to management requires the development of understanding and capability. This in turn requires a structured training intervention and other supporting activities. This paper explores, through a case study, the way in which action learning groups (ALGs) supported the development of Lean capabilities in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Facilities Management, Experiential Learning
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Breen, Judith – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2014
The field of management education has been the focus of much debate in recent times. Issues relating to the real world and a lack of relevancy in business schools have caused much of this debate. In particular, questions have been raised regarding why business schools should endeavour to bridge this relevancy gap? However, it is important to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Administrator Education, Experiential Learning, Critical Theory
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Blackburn, Michelle – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2014
This account of practice focuses on the delivery of Action Learning Sets in Swaziland and Malawi as part of a UK university's remote Master's degree teaching programme. It draws upon the experience of an Academic delivering the programme and the efforts made to refine the approach to action learning given time, understanding and resource…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Individual Development, Group Dynamics
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Burger, Ulrike – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2013
This account of practice explores the concept of resistance in action learning. Resistance is conceptualized as an attempt of self-protection that is manifested in action learners' struggles with their sense of self-efficacy and their social Self. These struggles are an inherent part of the action learning process and may elicit defensive…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Experiential Learning, Resistance (Psychology), Graduate Students
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Yeadon-Lee, Annie – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2013
This paper presents the proposition that a variety of differing hierarchies exist in an action learning set at any one time, and each hierarchy has the potential to affect an individual's behaviour within the set. An interpretivist philosophy underpins the research framework adopted in this paper. Data were captured by means of 11 in-depth…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Educational Research, Grounded Theory, Interviews
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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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Hunter, Jean – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2013
How can action learning be used as part of an overall approach to changing the culture of an organisation? This article describes some of the work being done by managers in South Cambridgeshire district to build a more empowered and engaged organisation following the appointment of a new chief executive tasked with raising standards in an…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Group Dynamics, Learner Engagement, Organizational Change
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Hillman, Alison – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2012
This account draws upon learning from an incident in an action learning set where an individual challenged a mandatory organisational requirement. As a facilitator I reflect upon my initial defensive reaction to this challenge. The use of critical action learning to inform ourselves as facilitators of the underlying tensions between set members…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Facilitators (Individuals), Negative Attitudes, Psychological Patterns
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