• Action Learning


  • Action Learning is an approach which links the world of learning with the world of action through a reflective process within small cooperative learning groups known as ‘action learning sets’. action_learning_set     Action Learning Sets The ‘sets’ meet regularly to work on individual members’ real-life issues with the aim of learning with and from each other. Reg Revans, (considered the ‘father’ of Action Learning) has said that there can be no learning without action and no (sober and deliberate) action without learning. Revans argued that learning can be shown by the following equation, where L is learning; P is programmed knowledge (eg traditional instruction) and Q is questioning insight. L = P + Q Revans, along with many others who have used, researched and taught about this approach, argued that Action Learning is ideal for finding solutions to problems that do not have a ‘right’ answer because the necessary questioning insight can be facilitated by people learning with and from each other in action learning ‘sets’. Typical ground rules for set meetings might include:

    • Confidentiality
    • One person at a time speaking
    • Listen to others when they are speaking
    • Be honest and open
    • Don’t verbally attack others
    • Challenge constructively
    • There is no compulsion to speak
    • Feelings may be expressed
    • An awareness & acceptance of diversity
    • Observe time boundaries