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Effectiveness of Action learning

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I am currently considering using this method as the main vehicle for training professional and managerial staff rather than in-service short courses. I would like information from those who have used this method and to examine the effectiveness, merits and problems.

Kathy Weigh
Kathryn Weigh

4 Responses

  1. Action Learning
    I am involved in two approaches to using action learning:
    one a new route to action learning based qualifications based around work based action learning questions

    two – a project based approach which brings managers together and works then through a structured system that is based on action learning principles – works at two levels – either for teams working on a common problem or for leaders coming together to discusss their own issues.

    If you let me know the nature of your interest I can give you more information on rhale@blueyonder.co.uk

  2. A useful approach
    I have used Action Learning in the past and found most managers thought it was very useful to broaden their skills and experience, but the key factor was to have a useful and meaningful project. The only other problem arose when some set members were unable (or unwilling) to pull their weight due to work pressures. As with all forms of training it has its place and should not be used as a be-all and end-all. Jenny (CompAir)

  3. Effectiveness of Action Learning
    Kathy

    In response to your query, I have experience of both using external organisations for Action Learning, and as a provider of this training to clients.

    If you would like to discuss the pro’s and con’s of this approach to training please give me a ring on 015394 88333. Not only will I be able to share some of my experiences but can also put you in contact with other organisations who also use this type of training.

  4. Experience of Action Learning
    I have followed an Action Learning approach myself in the past leading to an MPhil in Training and Development and I have also been responsible for arranging for a group of middle/senior managers in a government department to do the same thing. I feel both occasions were highly successful and to be commended, particularly last-mentioned group. There was a group of 12 and the amount of corporate knowledge and skill was stupendous, everybody being more than willing to share these and to help others to achieve. One of the members of the set even volunteered (and did) to read the proofs of the theses of all the other members and advise on the writing skills (of which she was and expert. Problems – it can take time and resource and depending on the authority body can be an expensive route.

    Leslie Rae

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