Action Learning

Action Learning

Action Learning (AL) is a group learning process allowing professionals in the same or complementary work situations to exchange ideas and learning. In the past twenty years AL has spread internationally in both the public and private spheres. Action Learning was originated by physicist and engineer Reg Revans who said,

“Action learning is based on the insight that people have an unlimited capacity to learn from experience but a limited capacity to learn from being taught”

John is a qualified action learning facilitator and he notes, “When teachers and managers have the opportunity to share challenges and issues they always do so in an atmosphere of rapt attention. I think this is because people working in stressed and busy jobs have so little time to compare notes. But more profoundly it is because action learning provides an opportunity to discuss the ways in which people really work; this reality is rarely caught in either formal training situations or in formal meetings. AL creates a space where practitioners are working to support each other rather than compete or show off”.

John is currently leading a number of action learning projects and is increasingly weaving the technique into his regular consultancy work.