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Understanding Action Learning (AMA Innovations in Adult Learning) Paperback – November 21, 2007
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As much as adult learners can absorb in a classroom, they learn and retain a lot more on the job. Action Learning, or AL, can be based on any of several different schools of thought, and there is much debate as to which is ideal.
The authors advocate tailoring the best attributes of each approach to the specific purpose and the learning environment. Drawing on theory from Self-Directed Learning, Learning from Experience, and Transformative Learning, Understanding Action Learning enables the reader to make an informed decision about which approach or combination to use in his or her organization, and provides:
* a theoretical model that explains the different approaches to AL, and a framework for identifying which approach to use
* a focus on co-design in creating Action Learning programs
* practical tools, assessments, and exercises
* illuminating stories and case studies from the field
Combining top-shelf research with real-world experience, Understanding Action Learning is a crucial resource for adult educators everywhere.
About the Author
Judy O'Neil, Ed.D., M.A. (Warwick, RI) is on the adjunct faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University. Victoria J. Marsick, Ph.D. (New York, NY) is professor of education in the Adult Learning and Leadership program at Teachers College.
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In particular, the sections which describe the different kinds of learning outcomes one might achieve through this process and how to design an initiative to meet these goals, were helpful. I also found the chapter on the role of learning coaches to be very informative.
O'Neil and Marsick provide many examples of how organizations are incorporating the action learning process into their work. Community based health organizations and multi-organizational teams can benefit from this approach as well. This book is an excellent resource for those helping to develop high performance health teams.
Once the program has been designed, Understanding Action Learning offers a wealth of material to enable the participants to really learn from their experience in the program. What I have found to be especially helpful are the tools around helping participants reflect and take action on the project work as it unfolds.
In addition to the materials that I have tested in my own programs, Understanding Action Learning includes other approaches that I have not yet found the opportunity to apply. If others find Action Learning to be an invaluable tool in developing future leaders as I do, then I highly recommend this book as an essential resource to support a successful implementation of an Action Learning program.
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Understanding Action Learning by O'Neil and Marsick is a fantastic introduction and application of innovations for learning. Read morePublished on February 22, 2009 by B. Altemeyer
Action Learning (AL) is a popular method for improving organizational effectiveness by learning how to address real problems in real time. Authors Judy O'Neil and Victoria J. Read morePublished on November 25, 2008 by Rolf Dobelli