Understanding Action Learning

Understanding Action Learning

Understanding Action Learning

Understanding Action Learning

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

“No problem can be solved from the level of consciousness that created it,” as Albert Einstein observed. Today, pressing challenges often demand breakthrough thinking and fresh insight of the kind called for by Einstein. It is AMA’s hope that this new series - AMA Innovations in Adult Learning: Theory into Practice, published by the American Management Association’s AMACOM division—will enable adults, and those who support their learning, to expand their thinking and find creative solutions to tough challenges at work. Books in this series are grounded in the lessons of theory, practice, and research. Authors hope to equip readers with a solid understanding of the knowwhy of issues, the know-what of options, and the know-how of experience in order to best inform effective solutions and action.

This series is inspired by the vision of Edward T. Reilly, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Management Association (AMA). AMA, a recognized leader in management and learning solutions in the workplace, has joined forces with contributing academic editors to carry out the vision - William J. Rothwell (The Pennsylvania State University), Victoria J. Marsick (Teachers College Columbia University), and Andrea D. Ellinger (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign). Guiding the series is an Advisory Board of senior workplace learning professionals who help us meet the tests of relevance and applicability to real-life conditions. Our distinguished workplace Advisory Board currently includes Dave Medrano, Associate of Dean at the University of Toyota, Rich Wellins, Ph.D., Senior VP with Development Dimensions International, and Bill Gardner, Director, Global Talent and Organization Development at Advanced Micro Devices.

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