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Zuber-Skerritt, Ortrun; Wood, Lesley; Kearney, Judith – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
Action learning within community-based research is a powerful capacitator of social action. Here, we consider three aspects of action learning that are vital to enable this: (i) developing self-directed and lifelong action learning; (ii) generating local and theoretical knowledge through action research and reflection on learning; and (iii)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Social Action, Participatory Research
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Boak, George; Gold, Jeff; Devins, David – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
The purpose of this paper is to examine the role played by action learning in a collaborative action research project to alleviate poverty in a city region in the UK. Researchers from two universities worked with 12 large anchor organisations to investigate procurement and employment practices that positively impacted inclusive growth within the…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Action Research, Poverty, Foreign Countries
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Udvarhelyi, Éva Tessza – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
In this paper, I discuss participatory action research (PAR) as a way to support social and political engagement and develop civil society. After a short overview of my personal journey to participatory action research, I describe a general structure that I have developed for organizing PAR projects and a short introduction to the state of civil…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Participatory Research, Action Research, Citizenship Education
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Csillag, Sara – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
Action research is participative research, involving all stakeholders in the research process on a voluntary basis. Its main objective is to create practical knowledge, which supports stakeholders in everyday professional processes. The creation and utilization of this kind of knowledge, the facilitation of individual and group level action…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Health Services
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Hartog, Mary – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2018
This paper explores what it means to research one's own practice, drawing on my experience as an educational action researcher and creating a "living theory thesis". I begin by identifying key theories that inform my approach, exploring how scholarship in the form of self-study is viewed as a discipline, addressing issues of rigour and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Improvement, Scholarship
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Chesterman, Danny; Bray, Malcolm – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2018
The practice of Social Prescribing as a means of enabling improved quality of life, especially those with long term conditions, is still a 'work in progress'. Using appreciative action research methods, practitioners involved in commissioning or providing social prescription services can learn important lessons from the experience of…
Descriptors: Action Research, Well Being, Quality of Life, Experiential Learning
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Wood, Lesley; Louw, Ina; Zuber-Skerritt, Ortrun – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2017
As supervisors who advocate the transformational potential of research both to generate theory and practical and emancipatory outcomes, we practice participatory action learning and action research (PALAR). This paper offers an illustrative case of how supervision practices based on action learning can foster emancipatory and lifelong learning…
Descriptors: Action Research, Experiential Learning, Lifelong Learning, Conferences (Gatherings)
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Sell, Katharina C. – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2017
What are our options if we have to let go of the idea of controllability in our ever more complex world? What tools do we have to navigate in a territory that we can't "manage" anymore, where the old instruments of command and control have lost their grip? What makes us "know" when intellectual knowing capitulates in the face…
Descriptors: Transformational Leadership, Experiential Learning, Organizational Change, Action Research
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Traeger, James – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
Action research is conceived as a feet-on-the-ground process--a way of addressing and improving the everyday experiences and concerns of people who deliver real goods and services in an organisation, through the process of finding out new things--i.e. research in the broadest sense. This article explores the question of how action researchers do…
Descriptors: Action Research, Ethics, Researchers, Work Environment
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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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McGrath, Helen; O'Toole, Thomas – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
This paper applies an action research (AR) design and action learning (AL) approach to network capability development in an entrepreneurial context. Recent research suggests that networks are a viable strategy for the entrepreneurial firm to overcome the liabilities associated with newness and smallness. However, a gap emerges as few, if any,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Entrepreneurship, Action Research
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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