|Action Learning is a process during which a person improves performance through studying his or her own actions and experience. Action Learning is based on the idea that learning begins with not knowing, and it involves both knowledge and questioning insight. It also claims that people who assume responsibility are most likely to make a difference through their actions.
Action Learning is done in small groups called Action Learning Sets. The group members meet together regularly over a reasonable time period, present and collectively work on problems faced in ongoing practice. They should focus on real-life related problems; ones which are more open in nature and which do not have a right or wrong answer. A person in each meeting presents a problem to the group whose task is helping the presenter to solve the problem through supportive but challenging questions. During these sets participants make commitments to action, identify and clarify the problem, listen to different behaving possibilities, and select which specific action to take. By the end of each meeting, the members of the group agree on some action to take.Action learning develops self-confidence, readiness to take responsibility, communication and networking skills, leadership competencies, problem solving skills, and support innovation. This process enables peer support and more disciplined ways of working in teams.  See also: Action Space, Inquiry-based learning, Problem-based learning
|Organizing an Action Learning Set|
Action Learning Sets can become auto-facilitating, but this should be done only when the participants got experienced in the methodology.
Step by Step
Group members meet regularly over a reasonable time period (every 4-6 weeks). An Action Learning Program generally previews 6 meetings.
Summary of the Action Learning Process
Job AidOrganizing an Action Learning Set
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